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.

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The Cadillac ELR is Headed for Extinction and I’m Bummin'

The folks at Automotive News announced yesterday that the extended range Cadillac ELR – essentially the luxury coupe version of the Chevrolet Volt – will not continue on into a next generation and with the ELR being one of my favorite vehicles on the market today – I am sad to hear that the beautiful electric Caddy coupe is headed for the automotive graveyard.

VW Budd-e Concept Looks Promising, But Also Looks Like Kia Soul's Bigger Cousin

Budd-e is unveiled on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). It promises to have 373 mile of all-electric range. But since it looks similar to Kia Soul, there is an interesting discussion at Kia Sould EV Facebook page and here are some of the interesting opinions from this public forum.

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Don't Hold Your Breath for an Electric Corvette Stingray

It was discovered recently that General Motors has moved to protect the names Corvette E-Ray and E-Ray for use on an automobile, but I still don’t believe that we will be able to buy an electric-powered Corvette anytime in the near future – so all of those enraged Corvette loyalists can take a nice deep breath.

A Smart Watch for Christmas: Is an EV Next?

One thing is for sure, you can get information about your state of charge for your Ford Electric Vehicles. The Ford Motor company has created an app for the android and apply eco system smart watch families that works together with Ford’s SYNC system. The smart watch app is very practical and useful for checking on the status of the car’s state of charge.

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A Brilliant and Simple Idea To Improve Charging Station Efficiency for Electric Car Drivers

Here is a case. Electric car is parked at a charging station and fully charged. It has been two hours and the owner has not returned yet. Other EVs are not able to charge. What do you do? Here is, what I think a brilliant and a very simple idea charging stations can implement to improve EV charging efficient and avoid issues like this.
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3 Things We Will See Happen, If People Show Demand For Electric Cars

EPA estimate shows the cost of electric cars exceeds the social cost of carbon. If we want to reduce emissions by 80 percent by 2050 governments need to almost completely remove carbon from transportation, this means from electric cars like Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model S, Chevy Volt, BMW i3 or Prius Plug In. How do we reconcile this?
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The Reason Why Tesla May Curtail Model S Autopilot Capabilities in The Upcoming Update

A bit of bad news for Tesla Model S owners with autopilot. Looks like Tesla is planning to severely curtail the capabilities of autopilot in the next software upgrade (7.1). Reason is given as 'crazy behavior' of some of the Model S owners abusing the version 7.0 of the autopilot which was released in October, writes one EV owner at Electric Vehicle Assn. of Alberta (EVAA).
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This Company Offers To Install Double Batteries on Nissan LEAF Increasing Range to 160 Miles

A company, named Hybrid Industries, has posted a message on Los Angeles Craigs List offering to install double batteries on any Nissan LEAF increasing range to 160 miles on a single charge. The announcement says they can prove it works. The price is 6,500 dollars and this announcement has promoted an active debate in SF Bay Area Nissan LEAF Owners' group on Facebook.
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In the market for a used, early model Tesla? You might want to read this before you buy

Owner data, compiled by Plug In America, suggests that 2/3 of earliest Tesla Model S drivetrains need replacement at 60,000 miles. Now you know why Consumer Reports ejected this car from its coveted "recommended buy" list in October of 2015. However, can Tesla Motors correct the Model S drivetrain reliability issue with a design change?
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Man tests almost all EVs and Says Hybrids are "Garbage," Do You Agree?

I personally own a 2012 Toyota Prius, which I bought two weeks ago. I am very happy with it and think it's a great compromise between an electric car and a ICE. However, one man, who says he tried all EVs and Plug-in Hybrids, calls the hybrids as "garbage." As a hybrid owner I disagree with him. But let's share his reasoning. Here is Mathias Carlberg from Electric Cars Facebook Group.
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Future of Consumer Cars: Marriage between Electric and ICE vehicles?

Nissan has announced that in 2016 it will introduce an electric car with a range extender engine, which will only serve to generate electricity for the battery. This raises a valid question on what will be the future of the consumer cars. Will they be the Hybrids like Toyota Prius and Chevy Volt or the EVs like Nissan LEAF and Tesla. My Facebook friend and an avid EV supporter Dr. Raza Khan, who drives both Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF shares his opinion.

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