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.

2022 Kia Sorento PHEV and 2018 TEsla Model 3

Daily driving comparison: Kia Sorento PHEV vs Tesla Model 3

I own both a 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV and a 2018 Tesla Model 3 RWD LR EV. Besides the obvious form factor, performance and handling differences between the Tesla sports sedan and the upmarket, 6 passenger Kia SUV, what differences are worth pointing out between these two vehicles in their day to day driving experience?
Tesla Model Y, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Giga Texas Construction Progress: Almost Completed

New pictures from Giga Texas show that construction is advancing at a fast pace in Austin. Tesla's upcoming Gigafactory seems to be nearly complete, as per images shared on social media by many different users who have driven past the factory on Tesla Road, blown away by its massive footprint that runs a mile end to end.
Tesla AI, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla FSD: The Most Practical AI For Navigating The Real World, According To Elon Musk

Elon Musk said that Tesla is becoming the world's biggest robot company, as Tesla vehicles are basically robots on 4 wheels; also that it will be useful to put all that same technology into robots. "With FSD - Autopilot, we're creating the most practical AI for navigating the real world."
Tesla Giga Shanghai

Tesla Giga Shanghai November Production Numbers Reveal Growth Stabilizing After An Incredible Run

Tesla's Giga Shanghai production numbers are out. And according to China Passenger Car Association, the EV maker produced 52,859 vehicles in November. This is the second month in a row Giga Shanghai production has decreased and points to stabilizing production rate.
Tesla Cybertruck, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Cybertruck, A Very Special Product That Only Happens Once In a While

These are literally Elon Musk's words, when referring to the Tesla Cybertruck during an on-line interview with the Wall Street Journal last night; he also spoke about its production process and many other things (Neuralink status, Infrastructure Bill, Tunnels and Autonomy, Artificial Intelligence and Robots, SpaceX challenges, etc.).
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LG Energy Solution Seeks To Raise $10.8 Billion To Cover Bolt Recall

The financial pain that GM battery supplier LG Energy has endured to cover the ongoing Bolt battery so far has been immense with the company setting aside $918 million to cover it. However, it appears that LG is entering uncharted territory, with the company announcing an IPO to help raise an additional $10.8 billion.
Tesla Cybertruck, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Looking For "Hardcore" AI Engineers To Deploy Autonomy At Scale In Vehicles

On its way to achieve its mission to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy, Tesla is currently accepting applications (and indeed, actively searching for creative talent) for its Artificial Intelligence & Autopilot division, which is aimed at developing and deploying autonomy at scale in vehicles, robots and more.
2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)

Kia Sportage PHEV coming soon, for Europe, TBD for North America

The new Kia Sportage PHEV is coming to North America sometime next year, we might assume, after it goes on sale in Europe in early 2022. Its looks are striking after Kia redesigned it. The new hybrid and non-hybrid versions of the 2023 model should be available in the U.S. in the first-half of 2022, but it will likely be late 2022 at the earliest before we see the 2023 Sportage PHEV in the U.S.
Tesla Recalls Made in China Model Y Vehicles

Tesla Recalls Model Y Vehicles in China - Europe Exports Could be Affected

There is a recent report of Tesla recalling model Y vehicles in China. This isn't just for an over the air software update, but an actual physical problem with the vehicles. Could this mean that Model Y vehicles in the U.S. also need to have a physical recall? We'll answer this and more.