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.

What Determines The Residual Value of Nissan LEAF

In this picture you see the residual value of 2014 Nissan LEAF 5dr HB S, estimated by Cars.com. But there are issues related to battery replacement and battery life, which I don't know if are included while calculating the 2014 LEAF's residual value. I asked the question to some Nissan LEAF owners and here is what they commented.

Tacoma Owners Say What They Would Like To See in an Electric Tacoma

I asked this question if Toyota Tacoma drivers are ready to accept an electric Tacoma, should that be available one day. Here are some of the interesting responses people shared under my question at the Toyota Tacoma Enthusiasts FB group.. The general sentiment is openness, but but some improvements are necessary.

One comment writes that while there are hybrid trucks out there he doesn't think an all-electric Toyota Tacoma would be strong enough, but "hey, technology is advancing every day."

Neither Chevy Volt Is a Modified Cruze, nor LEAF a Modified Versa

Earlier today we published one EV owner's opinion refuting this line of thought, saying comparing the LEAF to a battery-powered Versa is not giving the LEAF designers much credit. In this opinion piece, an EV owner and enthusiast Ivan Jue makes a brief comparison between Nissan LEAF and Versa as well as Chevy Volt and Cruze, writing one cannot judge the book by its cover. Here is what Jue says.

Is Nissan LEAF Simply a Modified Versa?

The story in question reasoned that the Nissan LEAF is simply a modified Versa because Versa is the cheapest new car on the market, at just above $12,000 and the LEAF is nearly three times the cost of that. Marc Fontana from SF Area Nissan LEAF Owners group completely disagrees and says we should not be mislead by the similar design of Nissan LEAF and Nissan Versa.

Chevy Volt Owner Only Gets Minor Bruises After Being Hit By a Truck

Two days ago, on May 10, I saw this picture of a crashed Chevy Volt on Chevrolet Volt's official Facbook public page, shared by Karl Blinkinsop.

He shared his picture and wrote this comment. "The Chevy Volt is no match for the Mack truck that rear ended me Wednesday during standstill traffic on the interstate but I do think its cleaver designed saved my life. RIP my 2012 Chevy Volt, can't wait to get a new one."

Then Karl wrote that he is "OK, just bruised ribs, no one else was in the Volt."

Why VW Recommends Using the VW eGolf Battery Sparingly When It Comes to Fast-Charging

VW's statement about DCFC reads: “Requires charging at select DC fast-charging stations. Frequent and consecutive high-voltage charging (including DC charging) can permanently decrease the capacity of the high-voltage battery. See your Owner’s Manual for details." There really isn't much more than that in the big manual. And the warranty doesn't apply if the owners manual is not followed.

Driver Puts Tesla Model S 70D to 0-60 and 0-80 MPH Test with Impressive Results

I was able to check out the Tesla Model S 70D, which is the newest configuration, and now the entry level Model S. The vehicle has a range of 240 miles on a single charge.

All three of us that were in the vehicle were highly impressed by the instant acceleration, which Tesla Model S 70D vehicle can deliver. Many have said that electric cars are bloated up golf carts that are slow, and only to be used for a commute to work and back. That is not true. Take a look at this video and you may be convinced in the otherwise.

VW e-Golf Owner Tells How He Went from Range Anxiety Skepticism to Happy Ownership

We have had our VW e-Golf for just over a month now and covered 2000 trouble-free miles. I would say the charging network in the UK is the weakest point. Just now, although, it is improving. Most motorway services have CCS "fast chargers" which have enabled us to do a round trip to Scotland (about 600 miles) although we came across several charge points that were out of service or faulty.

Car makers have little incentive to compete with Tesla unless it succeeds with model 3

Most auto makers are not fully vested in making Electric Cars. Making an EV is reactionary to what they see as a niche market. Instead of building an EV from the ground up, they take their cheapest ICE car and replace components to make it an EV.

Go to any car dealership and ask 20 questions about their EV. An average salesman won't know a thing about it. The rest of their cars they memorize things like ignition timing.

EV vs ICE parity in 10 years? Commenter Argues We Have Already Reached That Point

Jamie says Tesla is obviously the foremost example of an electric car, which crushes the gasoline competition, though he doesn't like to talk about Tesla as if its the only game in town, despite being an owner and investor. Below is Jamie's comment in response to our earlier story about EV prices possibly matching ICE prices in 10 years.

How I Use My Nissan LEAF's Trip Computer

The instantaneous mi/kWh metric is utterly useless. A 5 second rolling average would be far better. Also, a scale of 0-8 trivializes the major difference between 4 and 5 mi/kWh.

The "To 100% Charge" is usually wildly off. 6kW and 3.3kW recharge times would be far more useful. Considering Nissan says the 120V is "emergency charging," it makes no sense to show 240V and 120V times.

Will EV Prices Match ICE Vehicles in 10 Years?

In a debate, under our discussion at the Tesla Model S Owners Club the sentiment is that the electric car manufacturers need to bring the price down before they extend the range. One commenter says he knows "plenty of people who won't buy any EV because they are all just too expensive. Over the past 4 years the specs of the EVs have gotten better but their price has not come down significantly, especially the Nissan LEAF. People would really rather buy a 50 mile range $15,000 car than a 100 mile range $30,000 car."

How Buying EVs Leads to Solar, and Charging My Volt In Real Time

From that point I was hooked on the whole Electric Vehicle concept, and was now all in. We leased our RAV 4 EV in February 2014 for my wife's 100 mile round trip commute to work. The original goal was to save money on "fuel" and to save her time with HOV lane access. In both instances the new experience has delivered. My wife's commute costs have gone from $18/day in gasoline to about $2 in electricity, and she saves roughly 40 minutes each way in the carpool lane. Win-win.

When These 2 Challenges are Fixed, More LEAFs and Teslas Will Be Sold

Thomas Crummett comments on the subject under our discussion at the SF Bay Area Nissan LEAF Owners group on Facebook.

The big thing to me is the infrastructure. Count the number of public EV stations where you can recharge. Now, count the number of gas stations. Roughly estimating, I'd say there's anywhere between 100 and 1000 gas stations for every public EV station.

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