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 S Plaid Takes On Pikes Peak

Tesla Plaid Music Video, Tesla Problem on Pikes Peak, and Yokohama Racing Slicks

Here’s a Tesla Plaid put to music as it races up Pikes Peak in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race, plus commentary by race car driver Randy Pobst on problems he is experiencing with the Tesla Plaid and how he feels the Yokohama racing slicks he is using are performing.
Tesla Model S Plaid Takes On Pikes Peak

A Passenger Seat View of How Fast a Tesla Model S Plaid Hits Pikes Peak Curves

Ever wonder what it would look like from the passenger seat of a souped-up Tesla Model S Plaid hitting those crazy curves on Pikes Peak? Well, here’s your chance to see some Tesla history in the making as we watch Randy Pobst in a qualifying run through the upper section of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on the first day of Practice/Qualifying rounds.
Is the Yoke steering wheel going to be the next big thing?

In A World Prototypes, Is A Concept Enough? Is Toyota's bZ4X Its Future?

Toyota, like any car maker, is subject to the whims of the market as much as any other manufacturer. While Toyota’s president Aiko Toyoda seems to be pushing more for his pet project, Gazoo Racing to guide the company forward, the bZ4X has been revealed as a concept. Not a prototype, like the Cybertruck, or F-150 Lightning. Is it too little, too late?
No radar neural net for Tesla

Tesla Director of Artificial Intelligence Adrej Karpathy Explains Neural Net Development in FSD

Wondering what Tesla engineers have been up to lately toward improving Tesla Autopilot and FSD? Here’s a must-see Zoom presentation where Tesla’s Director of Artificial Intelligence, Adrej Karpathy, reveals the work that is going on behind the scenes as we wait for out next FSD update.
FSD in Europe

FSD Sensor System Installed on Ford Mondeo Tested at Two Levels Above Tesla FSD

Here’s the latest about a live multi-city trial of one type of autonomy FSD software that is being outfitted on Ford Mondeos to operate across a five-mile area in varied traffic and weather conditions that is rated two levels above Tesla’s current FSD categorization.
Image of RAV4 Hybrid courtesy of Toyota

Study: 2025 BEVs have Highest Cost of Ownership Hybrids Lowest Among Vehicle Types

A new study conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy and Argonne National Labs predicts that hybrids are the least expensive crossover vehicles to own, battery-electric the most expensive for the model year 2025. Here are some interesting findings from the study.
Road trips are possible in EVS, even though charging architecture is still a little limited

The Porsche Taycan And Telsa Model S Can Charge In Just Minutes! Time For A Road Trip

With vehicles like the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan being able to charge several miles worth of power in a single minute, the era of range anxiety appears to be approaching its end. Many potential owners felt that the long charge times required for many electric vehicles were prohibiting them from purchasing one, but as fast charging stations pop-up across the world, that may be less of an issue.

An Important Tool all Tesla Owners Should Carry to Revive a Dead Tesla

Even though it’s been argued by Tesla that there is no real need for a car to carry a spare tire anymore, this does not mean that Tesla owners should be unprepared for other road mishaps. Here is at least one important simple tool all Tesla owners should carry to revive a dead Tesla as demonstrated by this one Tesla owner.
EV Technology trumps older ICE technology and some owners are finding it time to make the switch

What Could Make A Long Time Mustang Driver Switch To Electric? Check Out The Audi E-Tron GT

The Audi E-Tron GT, new in 2021, is a stunning EV. While related to the Porsche Taycan, the E-Tron GT also features Audi’s fabled Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Audi has made the E-Tron GT with the driver in mind and it shows. My friend has been driving Ford Mustangs for the last 20 years, but he’s considering swapping to an EV thanks to the E-Tron GT, and here’s why:

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