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.

Kia + Hyundai may take second place in U.S. plug-in vehicle sales in 2022

Kia and Hyundai have done something extraordinary in the European market recently. November 2021 was the worst sales month on record in Europe. Yet, Hyundai and Kia managed significant sales increases while almost every other manufacturer saw significant sales declines due to the ongoing global semiconductor supply issues.
Nio ET5 EV

Nio ET5 is an EV With Swappable 620-mile Range Battery and VR Glasses

Nio Day 2021 marked the coming of the all-new mid-size sedan called the ET5. Smaller than the Nio ET7, the new ET5 is Nio answer to the Tesla Model 3 and the Polestar 2. Nio plans to sell it in China with a 150 kWh battery pack, two electric motors good for 480 horsepower, and a claimed range of 620-miles. That is just the start, tough.

VW is the closest to catching Tesla, but it isn’t alone

My best friend, whose first car (a 1985 VW Jetta) was my first aspirational vehicle, had me over to speak with his parents. While chatting with them about their next vehicle purchase, they said something provocative: “what if I don’t want a plug-in vehicle?” As a plug-in vehicle enthusiast, it is a question that is hard to hear but also an obvious indicator of the profound change the act of plugging into an electrical outlet, instead of a gas pump, represents in people’s lives. Change is hard!
Brigghtdrop EV van front fascia

Fedex Recieves First Deliveries Of Brightdrop EV600

With all the attention that GM's Ultium powered vehicles have received, it can be easy to forget that the company is also expanding its commercial vehicle operations with the upstart Brightdrop sub-brand aiming to appeal to commercial customers. That includes FedEx with the delivery giant receiving its first batch of EV600 vans.
Ford F-150 Lightning and GMC Hummer EV

GM and Ford are not likely to beat Tesla in U.S. EV sales by 2025

The race is on! Multiple manufacturers are vying to beat or compete with Tesla in terms of EV market share in the U.S. As I discussed in a previous article, that is going to be very hard to accomplish. Let’s look at sales forecasts and ambitions from the two other U.S. automakers, GM and Ford, through the end of the decade to break this down a bit.
Ford Maverick Hybrid

Ford Cannot Make EVs Fast Enough

Ford has had an impressive streak fo success when it comes to its growing lineup of electric vehicles. The Mustang Mach-E and the Ford F-150 Lightning have proven to be very popular with customers, but it appears that the sheer amount of demand is pushing the limits of Ford's production facilities and the company cannot make them fast enough according to a new report.
Toyota Electric vehicles

Toyota New EV Plan Showcases Everything From Cars to SUVs, Supercars and a Truck

After years of planning, Toyota finally revealed its electric lineup of vehicles at its Mega Web showroom in Tokyo. Aikido Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corporation, enthusiastically presented 13 new BEVs and subtly introduced us to a new business doctrine behind the Toyota Motor Corporation as a whole.
2022 Hyundai Veloster N M/T

2022 Hyundai Veloster N M/T Pleasantly Fun To Drive Vehicle

The Hyundai Veloster quickly improved to the point of becoming a serious rival to the best sports cars on the market. The 2022 Veloster N, which Torque News is reviewing this week, is pleasantly fun to drive sports car. Some reviewers say it's fun to drive despite having the manual transmission (M/T), but I say it is the manual transmission that makes it even more engaging vehicle.

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