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.

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.
Having a range extender can be a serious boon to EVs

Range Anxiety Plagues F-150 Lightning, BMW Has Solved That In The i3

Yesterday, Ford unveiled their entry into the EV Truck market, the F-150 Lightning. Many fans were less than enthusiastic about the reported 300 mile range, but in 2014 BMW gave us something that eases those worries substantially; a petrol fueled Range Extender. See the i3 for example! In 2014, it won Green Car of The Year.
Tesla Reverse Summon and Finding Parking Space

Tesla Reverse Summon Could Find Your Parking Space

While Tesla owners remain waiting (and wondering when it’s going to happen) for news about last year’s foretold Tesla Reverse Summon feature, other businesses are producing new tech that just may be Tesla’s answer for helping Tesla owners find parking spaces with FSD (Full Self-Driving Capability) that is surprising simple.
The Ford Fusion Energi is a reliable, economical vehicle.

The Ford Fusion Energi Hybrid: A Plug-in For The Masses

Ford shocked the world when it released their Mustang Mach E. The pony car moniker attached to an electric SUV is working well for the Blue Oval, but the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid is a much more subdued, but very functional EV that has found itself a very stable customer base. This little hybrid is not a high-performance sports vehicle, but instead a business/commute-oriented sedan.
electric vehicles will soon find themselves alongside their gas compatriots

NHRA To Welcome EVs To The Summit Series

Performance EVs, like the Porsche Taycan, Ford Mustang Mach E, and Tesla Model S boast impressive acceleration statistics. This simple fact is undeniable and, as a result, the National Hot Rod Association, or NHRA, has decided to open its doors to electric vehicle owners who want to show off their skills at controlling that acceleration starting soon, in 2022.
Tesla on Autopilot and FSD in SF traffic

Tesla FSD Beta 8.2 in Busy Close Quarters Traffic in San Francisco

Here is a very recent video from r/teslamotors that demonstrates how Tesla’s FSD Beta 8.2 performs in busy San Francisco traffic under close quarter conditions that raises some interesting questions from reddit readers about how Tesla FSD would perform in countries other than the U.S.; and, poses what might be the biggest Tesla FSD question we should be asking.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk chatting with Tesla suporters at Giga Berlin car factory

Elon Musk Visits Giga Berlin for a Technical Purpose and Chats with Supporters

Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrived at the Giga Berlin car factory on Monday afternoon. He landed at Berlin (BER) airport on Sunday in a private jet. The visit was "purely of a technical nature," said Brandenburg Minister for Economic Affairs Steinbach. He also came out and started to chat with Tesla supporters.

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