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.

RAV4 has already been electrified, so hopefully it will be back as a BEV soon

Toyota Hinted At An Electric RAV4; What's The ICE One Like?

Toyota, as a brand built a reputation of reliability in the 80s and 90s. The 2000s seemed a little rocky for them, with vehicles like the Solara and Venza not being the star performers that companies hope for. Regardless of their foibles, the Japanese automaker has managed to regain a lot of that reliability cred. The RAV4 is one of Toyota’s most popular choices and hopefully a BEV version will be on the way soon.
The Dodge Circuit, revealed in 2009, never made it to production.

Toyota Eyes ICE Motorsports While Dodge Whispers About An EV Demon-Hunter

When Toyota brought out the Prius two decades ago, the small, efficient vehicle carved out a niche and a cult following for itself. The RAV4 Prime has earned respect in its own right as well with the plucky hybrid cross-over being a very quick grocery getter. For a company that was so early to adopt electric technology, they seem hesitant to swap over fully. Even Dodge seems more excited to make the swap.
Ford Mustang Mach-E charging

Mustang Mach-E Beats EPA Range Estimates In Testing While Tesla Falls Short

All three iterations of Mustang Mach-E have exceeded their EPA range in testing by Edmunds. Meanwhile seven of the Teslas tested by Edmunds have fallen short of their range estimates. Mustang Mach-E standard-range battery with RWD gets 34 miles over its EPA estimation in Edmunds latest testing.

Tesla, Porsche, And Ford: New Hype Vs Experience And Excellence

25 lucky folks have gotten their Tesla Model S Plaids. I can’t imagine the thrill. I’d have to guess It would be similar to what Ford’s CEO Jim Farley felt behind the wheel of the Mustang Mach E 1400. When Porsche says the Taycan will sprint you to 100 km/h in 2.6 seconds, but you get there in 2.4, it’s probably pretty fantastic, too.
As we see more examples in the wild, we can hope that the dearth of new cars is nearly over.

Rivian R1S Sighting In Pasadena, Mustang Mach Es In The Wild; Is The Vehicle Drought Coming To An End?

With Tesla’s spectacular Model S Plaid event and Ford’s Maverick reveal, it can be hard to remember that we’ve been suffering a shortage of both new and used vehicles. Today, we got sightings of both a Spy-shot Clad Rivian R1S, and a show-room floor Ford Mustang Mach E in the wild. I’d like to think that at least some of the waiting for deliveries on ordered vehicles may finally be coming to an end.
Tesla Plaid Event

Take 10 Minutes Out of Your Day to Watch the Tesla Plaid Event

It’s the morning after the highly anticipated Tesla Plaid Event. And while not everyone can stay up at night because of kids, deadlines, and work the next morning, here is your opportunity to watch the Tesla Plaid Event in a 10-minute recap. So, during your coffee break today, take a look at this select video that show-and-tells the least you will want to know that stands out among the plethora of post-Tesla Plaid Event videos.
Autonomous driving will be the future of Volkswagen and the Tesla Model S

AI Driving Will Be Here Soon: Tesla And Volkswagen Make Plans

As Tesla moves forward in their quest to bring full self-driving onto the road, companies like GM and Volkswagen are following suit. The HUMMER EV and any Cadillac EV will likely have Super Cruise installed. Tesla has recently started offering paid trials for FSD, and Volkswagen has recently bandied about the concept of offering vehicle autonomy as a premium hourly service.

Tesla Model 3 Performance At Pikes Peak Race Documentary

Unplugged Performance recently released a documentary featuring their Tesla Model 3 Team Car at the 2020 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb---a 10 minute (if you are really fast) run that some describe feeling basically like racing on Mars with its thin air, harsh landscape and terrain that sent their Tesla 3 flying. It’s a “bringing a phoenix out of the flames and into the summit” story as described by racecar veteran driver Randy Pobst.

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