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.

EV Crossovers are a step forward in EV evolution

How Does The Mustang Mach E Stack Up Against Other EVs, Like The Hot Hatch Polestar 2?

The Ford Mustang Mach E is no slouch on the track. Even its non GT version puts most SUVs to shame with a blistering 5.1-second 0-60 and its GT Performance Edition tears down the track with an even more impressive 3.5 second sprint from stop to 60 miles per hour. With such speeds, how does it compare to its competition like the Polestar 2, XC40 Recharge, muscle cars, like my Challenger, or even the Jeep Wrangler 4xe?
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How The Volvo XC40 Recharge Compares To Other SUVs, Like The Jeep Wrangler 4xe

When I think of SUVs, I think of vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler, Ford Bronco, or Mercedes G-wagon. I typically don’t give much thought to Volvo, but I really should. Volvo’s XC40 Recharge is not just a handsome SUV, it’s got plenty of features that make it one of the safest SUVs on the market, and it’s faster than the Volkswagen ID.4.
Tesla's Pure Vision and Elon Musk

Tesla Makes Either a Visionary or Foolish Choice To Drop Radar

Tesla ditching its radar system supporting Autopilot and maybe FSD and replacing it with the video camera only Pure Vision has people nervous in the automotive industry. Is Tesla's Choice to drop radar visionary or foolish? Torque News EV commentator Dean McManis thinks that Tesla may be looking to lower cost and complexity on its electric vehicles, but the rumor of radar sensor shortage may be at the heart of the decision to change now. Here is Dean McManis in his own words.
On the Left, the Bronco, on the Right, the Jeep Wrangler

How Does The New Ford Bronco Compare To The Wrangler 4xe, Its Hybrid Nemesis?

The first Ford Bronco was released in 1966 to be discontinued some 30 years later in 1996. 25 long years have passed and finally, the Blue Oval has released the New Bronco, a legitimate SUV with an emphasis on Utility. In ’66, the Bronco had to contend with the CJ5 Jeep. Today, how does a New Bronco compare to a Jeep Wrangler 4xe, with its torque heavy hybrid drivetrain?
Baidu Apollo Go Robotaxi

Baidu To Operate 3,000 Driverless Apollo Go Robotaxis in 30 Cities in 3 Years

When it comes to robotaxis you have probably heard about Tesla robotaxis because Elon Musk has envisaged a robotaxi network with vehicles that can park and plug in themselves using Tesla's self-driving technology. Or you may have heard of Waymo One. But Baidu Apollo Go robotaxis have already registered over 6.2 million miles of Level 4 driving and plan to operate 3,000 driverless Apollo Go robotaxis in 30 cities within the next three years.
Both of these vehicles offer more than 8 inches of ground clearance, necessary for traversing difficult terrain.

Toyota RAV4 Prime And Jeep Wrangler 4xe Are Both Off-Road Capable Hybrids! How To Choose?

Toyota has been stunning us with hybrid technology for quite some time, but the RAV4 Prime is a truly spectacular piece of machinery. It is the second fastest vehicle on Toyota’s line-up, and it can get 600 miles on a single tank. Jeep’s Wrangler 4xe is not nearly as economical, but it has its uses.
Cold air rocket thrusters will make Tesla history

The G Force You Can Expect From A SpaceX Package Roadster

Excitement rose recently about the possibility of a Tesla Roadster expected to become available next year that might be outfitted with a “SpaceX Package” that could help accelerate the EV from 0 to 60 mph in an estimated 1.1 seconds. Which begs a question: What will it feel like? Here’s the kind of G-Force pressure you can expect on such a wild ride.

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