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 3

Tesla Model 3 to Rule the Rental Car Fleet Market After Huge Deal With Hertz

Tesla secured a huge deal with rental car company Hertz: an order for 100 thousand units, a deal that is the single largest order ever for electric vehicles, worth $4.2 billion in revenue to Tesla that, by the way, would drive it straight to the $1 Trillion club. Once again, Tesla disrupting yet another market niche.
Tesla FSD Beta

Elon Musk Confirms Tesla Is Rolling Back FSD Beta 10.3 Due To Vehicles Reversing Mid Left Turn

Tesla has decided to roll back FSD Beta 10.3 software just hours after the EV maker rolled out the software. Elon Musk says the rollback was instituted after Tesla internal quality assurance team discovered an issue where the vehicle will drive back in the middle of making a left turn.
Giga Factory

Future Tesla Giga Factory in India as Possible Solution for Import Duties Impasse

Elon Musk is set to meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss import duty reductions. According to many different sources, Tesla is once again urging Indian government officials to consider a rollback on import duties, which has prevented Tesla from selling imported vehicles in the country.
Tesla Model Y

Tesla Increases Model S, 3, X, Y Prices Once Again, This Time By As Much As $5000

Despite setting record delivery numbers, Tesla seems to be struggling to meet the exploding demand for its vehicles. For the second time this month, Tesla has once again instituted a wide-ranging price increase on its vehicles. The price increase affects the Model S, 3, X, & Y.
Tesla Battery

LFP (Lithium Iron Phosphate) Battery Switch for Tesla Models 3 and Y

As per Tesla´s Q3 report, the company is switching over to LFP (Lithium Iron Phospate) batteries for all of its standard range Model Y and Model 3 cars. Tesla also intends to bring LFP battery production to the same locations where it manufactures its vehicles (Giga Texas, Giga Berlin), as per the latest information available.
Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 Top Seller in New Zealand as Country Aims to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2050

Very good numbers come from New Zealand, as Tesla Model 3 outsold Toyota mainstays such as Toyota´s Corolla, Hilux and RAV4 models in September. Electricity helped give New Zealand new-vehicle sales a boost, with a big bounceback from Covid-19 restrictions: it was the second biggest month on record for registrations, with electrified models making up a very nice 21 per cent of the 16,518 total.
Tesla Model Y

Tesla Confirms Refreshed Model Y With 4680 Cells & New Architecture Will Begin Deliveries Early 2022

Tesla executives, at the companies recent quarterly earnings call, confirmed the refreshed Model Y, which will be produced at Giga Texas and Giga Berlin, will begin deliveries with 4680 cells and brand new architecture in early 2022.
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Chevrolet Is Ramping Up Development Of The Corvette E Ray, What We Could See In This Game Changing Vette

With the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 commanding the bulk of the attention in regards to Corvette related discussion, it can be easy to forget that Chevrolet is also developing the Corvette E Ray which will mark the first time that the performance icon will enter the green vehicle market. But what could we see in a production E Ray?
Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Calls For President Biden To Fire Anti-Tesla NHTSA Head Who Expressed Desire To Punch Elon Musk Gather Steam

A petition looking to persuade President Joe Biden to fire the new NHTSA head is gathering steam. The petition states, new NHTSA head, Dr. Missy Cummings has in the past expressed a desire to punch Elon Musk, showed bias against Tesla by associating with TeslaQ, and has a financial conflict of interest as she serves in the board of directors of a competing company.
Tesla Semi

The Long Wait for the Tesla Semi

When first announced, the Tesla Semi was said to have amazing features: for starters, a range of over 500 miles (800 km) under highway conditions; without a load it will accelerate from 0 to 60 miles in 5 seconds and with a load of 80,219 lbs (36,287 kg) it will do it in 20 seconds. This is more than twice as fast as a diesel truck. It can maintain a speed of 65 mph (105 km/h) going up a 5% climb fully loaded, whereas a diesel truck can only maintain 45 mph (72 km/h) under the same conditions.

GM Reveals EV Motors For 2022 Hummer EV Use Less Rare Earth Metals, Possibly Points To Long Term Sustainability

The electric vehicle race is picking up steam but the surge in demand has also put increased demand on precious rare metals. With the limited availability of these materials, GM recently revealed how the 2022 GMC Hummer EV not only reduces the amount of materials needed for its electric motors, but also how it uses the metals it does have in a sustainable way.
Mary Barra and the Cadillac Lyriq

Mary Barra Talks Candidly About GM's EV Plans, Details Competition With Tesla And New Vehicle Rollout

GM has been very transparent about various aspects of its long-term EV plans, but we have not heard much from Mary Barra on her thoughts on how GM is doing on these plans, as well as her views on competing with Tesla. The wait is now over with the GM CEO sharing her thoughts and views on the current pace of electrification within the company.
Tesla Panel

Tesla Solar Panels and Solar Roof Could Dominate the Energy Market in the US

Tesla, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, sells and lease electric vehicles and energy generation and storage systems, and offers services related to its sustainable energy products. The Company's segments include automotive, and energy generation and storage. Through its subsidiary Tesla Energy, it develops and is a major installer of photovoltaic systems in the United States.