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 Recalls Made in China Model Y Vehicles

Tesla Recalls Model Y Vehicles in China - Europe Exports Could be Affected

There is a recent report of Tesla recalling model Y vehicles in China. This isn't just for an over the air software update, but an actual physical problem with the vehicles. Could this mean that Model Y vehicles in the U.S. also need to have a physical recall? We'll answer this and more.
Tesla Solar Panels, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Bright Future For Tesla Solar And Powerwall: Record-breaking Clean Energy Installations As Per Latest IEA Report

In fact, present and future look more than promising for Tesla Solar, Powerwall and Megapacks, as this year is expected to set an all-time record for new clean energy installations, according to the IEA’s annual “Renewables 2021: Analysis and forecasts to 2026 ” report published yesterday, December 1st.
Tesla Cyberquad

Breaking: Tesla Begins Selling A Scaled-Down Cyberquad With 150lbs Carrying Capacity & 15 Miles Range

Tesla has introduced a new Cybertruck inspired ATV called the Cyberquad for Kids. The vehicle is produced in partnership with Radio Flyer and is meant for Children. However, the ATV is so impressive and overpowered it can possibly work for smaller adults.
2022 Kia Sorento PHEV driving modes

Testing Plugin Hybrid Drive Modes in 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV

I recently purchased a 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV and I find the Plug-in Hybrid Drive modes puzzling. I previously owned another PHEV, a 2017 Chevrolet Volt, and that may be why; its drive modes operated differently that the Kia’s. I am both embarrassed, because it seems too obvious, and a little frustrated because it also seems more complicated than it should be to get a definitive answer. What does the “Auto” mode really do?
2021 Ford Escape Hybrid Recall Photo Courtesy Ford Motor Co.

Ford Recalls Escape Hybrid To Replace High-Voltage Battery System

Although it is a tiny recall, the Ford recall of its Escape Hybrid for an issue with the high-voltage system is important for two reasons. One is that the automaker issues recalls when other carmakers tend to wait and wait. The second reason is that it shows that electrics and hybrids are important to Ford's future and that issues have to be dealt with quickly.
Tesla Model 3, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Nissan To Invest 18 Billion In The Next Five Years To Catch Up With Tesla

Nissan Motor Co. announced it will spend 2 trillion yen ($17.59 billion) over five years to accelerate vehicle electrification to catch up with Tesla and other strong competitors in one of the fastest growth areas for car makers, as per the latest information available from Reuters.
Tesla Service, image Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.

Tesla's Next Quarterly Earnings Call Set To Be Outstanding Again

Tesla posted record revenue and profits in the third quarter of 2021. The record results were driven by improved gross margins of 30.5% on its automotive business and 26.6% overall, both of which were records for at least the last five quarters. It seems the next earnings call will also be record-breaking.
Tesla Model 3, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Giga Shanghai To Produce 1 Million Cars By April 2022

As Tesla Giga Factory in Berlin-Brandenburg gets ready to start production by December (if everything goes well with final permissions and negotiations with German authorities), the good news from Giga Shanghai states that it will be ramping up production of Model Y and Model 3 to reach 1 million units by April 2022.