Electric Vehicle News, Reviews and Analysis

Electric vehicles (EVs) have come a long way in a short time. Barely a decade has passed since the ambitious Silicon Valley startup Tesla Motors introduced the world to an electric car capable of traveling more than 300 miles on a single charge. Since then, Elon Musk and Tesla have convinced many dubious onlookers that electric vehicles are not only here to stay, but that they can become the future of transportation.

Other automakers have joined the EV movement at very different rates. The Nissan Leaf, for example, debuted in 2010 and went on to become the best-selling all-electric vehicle in the world for a time. Competition from the BMW i3 followed, as well as the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt and its all-electric successor the Chevy Bolt EV, but only the Tesla Model 3 has been able to steal the Leaf's crown. Heading into a new decade, electric vehicles are set to go from strength-to-strength, with new models like the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia Niro EV competing in the entry-level category and the Audi e-Tron, Porsche Taycan, or Jaguar I-PACE vying with Tesla at the top end of the market.

With entire classes of vehicle still lacking an electric version, such as pick-up trucks and affordable SUVs, there's huge potential for expansion and growth in the EV marketplace. For now, Tesla is still blazing the trail, but legacy manufacturers are lining up to electrify their fleets and promising startups like Rivian and Byton are waiting in the wings with exciting new electric vehicles.

The future is bright for EVs and you can keep up to date with all the latest stories right here on Torque News.

Tesla Cybertruck, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Thundertruck, A Tesla Cybertruck Cool First Cousin

Thundertruck is made for outsiders, for those who choose to live and drive outside the proverbial lines, as they put it on their website. By maximizing the versatility of the EV drivetrain and combining it with the functionality of a truck, they’ve designed an innovative and versatile new multi-purpose EV that delivers superior on and off-road performance, competing directly with the Tesla Cybertruck.
Kia K5 and Forte sedans

Kia Electrified: HEV sedans may not round out Kia’s U.S. electrification plans, near term

Kia doesn’t offer electrified versions of any of its sedans in the U.S., while sister company Hyundai offers two: the Elantra and the Sonata hybrids. Might this mean that Kia is more likely to hybridize one or more of its sedans for the U.S. market, in the near future? It seems a distinct possibility considering that Hyundai and Kia are tightly coupled and generally share platforms and technology.
Tesla Image of Model 3 on the road; game playing has supposedly be halted; Photo Courtesy Tesla

NHTSA Probes Tesla Game Playing Mode; Automaker Reportedly Orders Update With Halt

Tesla Motors, driven by software, has more than once updated its infotainment system with good results. Sometimes, though, the results resemble updates that have gone out to the AutoPilot subroutine. In this case. the automaker's large front screen could access video games that could be played by the operator -- not a great situation at 70 mph.
Gigafactory Berlin, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Bringing Prosperity And Green Industry To Brandenburg Region, Germany

Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg is Tesla’s first manufacturing location in Europe and its most advanced, sustainable and efficient facility yet. Slated for completion this year, it will manufacture hundreds of thousands of Model Y vehicles and millions of battery cells.
Kia Seltos

Kia Electrified: Seltos HEV may be in the works, for some markets at least

Kia aims to significantly increase the production and sale of electrified vehicles in the coming year. Electrifying more of its best selling vehicles is the surest way to accomplish this goal, but for U.S. model year 2021 Kia only offered one of its five best sellers with an electrified option (the Sorento Hybrid). This begs the question: which Kia vehicles sold in the U.S. are most likely to be electrified in the next few years?
Chrysler Airflow EV Concept to be Unveiled at CES

Stellantis to Unveil Chrysler Airflow EV Concept and Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe at CES

Stellantis will be revealing its plan to electrify more vehicles at CES. It is unclear at this point if the automaker will attend in person or if they will join the growing number of companies deciding to attend only virtually because of COVID surges. As of Christmas Eve morning, a representative of the automaker says they will be there.
2022 Kia Telluride

Kia Electrified: Speculating on a future HEV Telluride

Kia, and its sister company Hyundai, are poised to be among the top market share holders in the U.S. electrified passenger vehicle market in 2022 and beyond. Right now, the Kia Telluride SUV is one of the best selling Kia models, but it has no electrified versions on offer. Might we expect some form of electrified Kia Telluride in the next year or two?
Tesla Megapack, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla To Close Deal On Battery Graphite With Syrah - Australia

Tesla Inc. has agreed to take the majority of battery-ready graphite from a production facility planned in Louisiana, in a deal with Syrah Resources, an Australian Stock Exchange listed industrial minerals and technology company with its flagship "Balama Graphite" Operation in Mozambique, and a downstream Active Anode Material facility in the United States.
GM to Start Selling Battery Technology to Fund Future EVs

GM to Start Selling Battery Technology to Raise Money for Development of EVs Like Silverado E

As I first reported back in June, General Motors will start selling its battery and fuel cell technology to raise its overall revenue. Much of the money will be used to fund future EV projects like the Silverado E. The plan includes great news for all classic car lovers and owners.
Tesla Model Y, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Goodyear Introduces a Tesla Model Y New Tire

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has just announced the launch of the new ElectricDrive GT. Marking Goodyear’s first replacement tire in North America tuned for electric vehicles - mainly Tesla Model Y - the Goodyear ElectricDrive GT is an ultra-high performance, all-season tire that delivers long-lasting tread wear and a quiet ride for EV drivers and passengers, according to the press release by Goodyear.

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