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 Sportage, Niro, Sorento and EV6

​​Kia Has Best Ever 3rd Quarter U.S. Sales (Thanks To SUVs And Crossovers)

​​Kia announced over the weeked that not only were September 2022 sales up, it was their best September ever in the U.S. While it is great that Kia’s sales are showing strength among an industry still struggling to recover from pandemic and global conflict induced supply chain woes, is it really “great” news?
Tesla Model Y, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Giga Berlin Announces New Weekly Milestone

After opening at the end of March, it took almost three months before Tesla was able to report the first milestone for its German Gigafactory in Grünheide near Berlin: for the first time, 1000 Model Y units were produced within a week, the company announced in mid-June. Since then, rumors of further increases have been heard again and again, and on Saturday the next round number became official: in the past week, 2000 Model Y were produced in the German factory, Tesla announced again via Twitter.
Tesla AI Day - Big Reveals

Tesla AI Day - Big Reveals

What do you get when you combine one of the world’s most innovative companies with cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology? Tesla AI Day, of course! Held yesterday, Tesla AI Day was a chance for the company to show off some of its latest AI-powered products and give attendees a glimpse into the future of how AI will be used in transportation and service. Here are some of the big reveals from the event!
Tesla Robot, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Optimus Robot Presented At "AI Day"; To Reach Markets For Less Than $20,000

Last night the "Tesla IA Day" event took place in Palo Alto, California, where the Austin EV manufacturer officially presented its advances and improvements in artificial intelligence and robotics, and where the general public was able to directly see a working prototype of Optimus, the humanoid robot with which Elon Musk wants to somehow alleviate many of the burdens of heavy or repetitive everyday tasks for human factory workers.
Toyota bZ3 Sedan To Challenge Tesla Model Y with a competitive price

Cheap Tesla Alternative: Toyota Wants To Score With a New Electric Sedan With a Competitive Price

Toyota is late with its electric cars, but the Japanese carmaker has promised to deliver more than the only model bZ4X so far. The next model in the bZ series is scheduled to start this year. It could become a real alternative for a Tesla. Toyota's challenge to Tesla? This electric car comes at a competitive price.
Black Tesla Model 3 with multimedia display showing maximum driving range

Wine Country Road Trip: 4 1/2 Year Old Tesla Model 3 Battery Range Test

My wife and I are taking a road trip to Walla Walla for some wicked fun in Washington wine country. We’re going all electric on this trip and meeting up with friends who are also driving their new EV for our first post-Covid getaway together. I’m intending to measure the real world, long distance freeway only range for my 4 and ½ year old EV.

A Fire At Tesla Gigafactory Berlin Last Monday As An Excuse To Stop Production

A fire declared in the recycling section of the Tesla Gigafactory forced firefighters to work hard on its extinction. Although there were – luckily - no personal injuries or damages of great material value, several civil associations from the Brandenburg area are calling for a plant shutdown.
Hyundai and Kia electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle line up

Kia, Hyundai And Genesis To Build All U.S. Market EVs In Georgia

Kia, Hyundai and Genesis EVs are all going to be made at a new U.S. plant being built in Bryan County, Georgia, near the port of Savanna. This should allow the Hyundai Motor Group (Hyundai, Kia and Genesis) to qualify for U.S. federal tax incentives on the electric vehicles produced from this new plant, eventually.

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