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 Model X

Am I the only one who thinks the Tesla Model X is a move in the wrong direction?

If Elon Musk wants to make Tesla a mainstream car, is it going to the wrong direction with Model X? People are hoping for a Tesla model that will cost less than $30,000 and go 200 miles on a single charge, while Tesla is coming up with a Model X, which costs $132,000 and going to $144,000 with upgrades.
BMW i8

Who is the BMW i8 really for?

Which one would you choose if you were in this buyers marketing group of cars? If you were to segment the $100k plus car segment, which one would the BMW i8 actually be a part of? Super Premium Hybrid Sports Car Market, maybe? Put it up against the Fisker Karma, the Porsche PanAmera S E-Hyrbrid? If you are ready to purchase a new car in this segment would styling alone be the deciding factor? Would overall performance be the key indicator of your purchase decision?
Tesla Model S

Really: What Are The Problems You See With Tesla Model S?

Hello everyone, in one of the car forums a forum member asked about the real limitations of Tesla Model S, which I thought to bring up here in TorqueNews for a discussion. Except the known limitations of the range the charging time, what are the real problems you have encountered while driving or owning a Tesla Model S?
Nissan LEAF

Millions of Miles of Range In A Standard Nissan LEAF

What if you could drive from Maine to Florida and not even need to stop for a charge while driving your Nissan Leaf. Forget about all the EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) that has been installed by Tesla for their Model S Electric Car. Technology is scheduled to be tested in England that will enable just that. Long Distance travel with no stops for charging.
2016 volt debut in blue

4 Key Range Improvements for the 2016 Chevy Volt Confirmed

We knew that the 2016 Chevrolet Volt was getting a new look, a new interior, a new gasoline engine and a new battery system, but General Motors has now confirmed 5 key facts on the new range extended electric sedan – all of which are vastly improved efficiency numbers when compared to the outgoing 1st generation Volt.
Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S

What Will Happen if EV Market Moves Up 1% of The US Car Market

Nissan LEAF and Tesla Model S have started a true revolution as well as the other companies that are producing Electric Vehicles and Plug In Hybrid Electric Vehicles. Since the US market has seen the almost exponential growth in both these types of cars what will happen if this car segment moves out from the early adopter phase into the main stream market phase?
blue soul ev low

Learning to Love Electric: A Review of the 2015 Kia Soul EV

I recently had a chance to spend a week driving the 2015 Kia Soul EV and while I have had a variety of other electric drive vehicles with gasoline range extending engines, this was my first extended test time in a true EV – during which I learned the many upsides and the sole downside to daily driving a pure electric vehicle.

How Chevy Volt Heralds the Arrival of Truly "Connected" Cars

Chevrolet's MyLink display pairs up with smartphones through USB to allow hands-free calling and messaging, including Siri Eyes Free for compatible iPhones. The Volt's rear camera and onboard sensors offer driver assistive safety features such as Intellibeam headlamps, alerts for side-blind-zone, lane-change, and rear-cross-traffic, and forward collisions.

Nissan LEAF

When will Nissan Leaf Drivers declare Range Anxiety Dead?

Recently I posted an article that Nissan’s next version of the Leaf is planned to have 330 miles of range. Another article read that Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn stated range will be 3 and 4 times the current Leaf Range. Well that means 300 to 400 miles. So you know it is coming and the energy density of LiFePo4 cells are improving every day. Here is my surprise.
Extended Range Nissan Leaf

This New Technology Could Extend Nissan LEAF's Range to 338 Miles

How far do you need to go in a single day? If you spend 6 hours a day in a car and have an insane commune as a salesman or making delivers the future of unbelievable EV Range may be here for you. This recently released video shows one thing that is truly going to be the real time game changer for sure.

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