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.

Nissan LEAF Battery Usage Stats

How One Nissan LEAF Driver Gets The Most Out of His Battery Pack

If you are like me, you want to make sure you get the most out of your Nissan Leaf’s battery. This article will give you an overview of my battery philosophy which under full disclosure is my very own attitude toward the battery and is not backed up by data hungry research however, that being said, I do have 41,000 miles on my Leafs pack and do take very good care of it.

Testing the First True Driverless Google Car Prototype

Although many people are lauding the disruptive elements that Tesla Motors' electric vehicles bring to the auto industry, there's another project in the works that could eclipse Tesla in its impact on the way we drive. Google has been quietly developing its driverless vehicles for a few years now, and it's almost ready to begin testing its latest model on public roads.

Nissan LEAF Performance

Increase Your Nissan LEAF's Performance with This Little Trick

How many of you grew up with a stick shift in your car? I know stick shifts and manual transmissions started fading way back when auto transmissions started taking over. Do you long for the day when you used to have the power to downshift when you wanted to slow down and upshift when you needed that next increase in speed?

Why I Bought Ford Focus Electric After Researching All Electric Cars

Spurred by a college friend’s Facebook post about the first year owning a Tesla Model S, I began really looking at what EVs were all about. I was getting 13 mpg in my 2004 Dodge Dakota and I did not just want a “new” car. I was not going to buy gas anymore, so I was only looking into going pure electric.

I researched them all – Nissan, Fiat, BMW, Cadillac, VW, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Smart Car, Chevrolet, Kia and Ford. Not one perfect choice among this group, but several very likable options, including my personal preference leader, the Ford Focus Electric (FFE).

2016 Nissan LEAF

Current Leaf Owners Long for One Thing Maybe Nissan will Deliver

Every Nissan LEAF driver has likely experienced a common, typical challenge from time to time, but will Nissan be there with a remedy soon? Every LEAF owner has probably forgotten to plug in the car and experienced that "oh no" feeling of, "I am in trouble now." I can’t remember ever forgetting to plug in my Nissan LEAF, but my wife has. So I do know the feeling.

HOV stickers - the key driver in resale values of used Chevy Volts?

I noticed that the new Gen 1 cars are now selling with huge incentives and attractive leases nationwide. Various promos are allowing for cars to be sold at even below invoice (excluding the $7500 Federal credit and state rebates). The Gen 1 has had a good track record for reliability, and has had only a few known issues (fractured bearing cages, failed charging cables (since recalled), cracked charging ports, and a few electrical glitches).

How a 50 mph dedicated EV lane system could solve to cost-per-range issue with EVs

At 50 mph, the Mitsubishi i-Miev can go 70 miles on a charge, the Nissan Leaf 97 miles, and the Model S 300 miles.

Compare this to what those cars can do at a typical 70 mph speed: 260 miles range for the Model S, 68 miles for the Leaf, and 40 miles for the I-Miev. That's about a 15% range gain for the Model S, a 63% range gain for the Leaf, and a whopping 75% range difference for the I-Miev. The Tesla Model S's being a heavy and aerodynamic car factors into its inefficient low speed range and more efficient, relative to that, high-speed range.

Nissan LEAF Chargin

How Can LEAF owners avoid wait times at fueling stations?

Are there ways to avoid getting stuck while traveling away from home in your Nissan Leaf? With pre-planning routes, are refueling challenges eliminated or can they be reduced significantly? Have you ever needed to refuel and got to a location only to be disappointed because an EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) was already being used or had an ICE (internal combustion engine) car parked in that spot?

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