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 S

In the market for a used, early model Tesla? You might want to read this before you buy

Owner data, compiled by Plug In America, suggests that 2/3 of earliest Tesla Model S drivetrains need replacement at 60,000 miles. Now you know why Consumer Reports ejected this car from its coveted "recommended buy" list in October of 2015. However, can Tesla Motors correct the Model S drivetrain reliability issue with a design change?
Tesla Model S

Man tests almost all EVs and Says Hybrids are "Garbage," Do You Agree?

I personally own a 2012 Toyota Prius, which I bought two weeks ago. I am very happy with it and think it's a great compromise between an electric car and a ICE. However, one man, who says he tried all EVs and Plug-in Hybrids, calls the hybrids as "garbage." As a hybrid owner I disagree with him. But let's share his reasoning. Here is Mathias Carlberg from Electric Cars Facebook Group.
Nissan LEAF range Extender Electric Car

Future of Consumer Cars: Marriage between Electric and ICE vehicles?

Nissan has announced that in 2016 it will introduce an electric car with a range extender engine, which will only serve to generate electricity for the battery. This raises a valid question on what will be the future of the consumer cars. Will they be the Hybrids like Toyota Prius and Chevy Volt or the EVs like Nissan LEAF and Tesla. My Facebook friend and an avid EV supporter Dr. Raza Khan, who drives both Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF shares his opinion.
Ford Solar Array

This Car Company is leading in one key area

Ford Motor Company of Dearborn, MI has installed a 1.1 million kilowatt hour solar array capable of providing power to over 158 average size homes and saves an estimated 794 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. The key takeaway here isn’t the size of the array alone but rather the equipped employee parking lots that are littered with EVSEs for the employees to power up their cars.
Tesla Model X

Get Ready Tesla Model S and Model X drivers, AutoPilot is almost here

Elon Musk tweeted recently that on October 15th, the seventh version of Tesla’s software will be released worldwide. During a short Q&A on Twitter, Musk stated that the Autopilot capabilities will be the same for both the Model X and Model S cars if equipped with the appropriate hardware.
EVSE Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment

California SB350 enables EVs of limited range to go further

On October 7th, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown, signed into law SB 350 which is an overall clean energy bill that has some significant commitments to clean transportation goals. This law should increase the number of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment(EVSEs) in California which will enable Nissan Leafs, Chevy Volts, BMW I3s and others to travel more miles on electric power. Many Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment companies have expressed support for the statute and its ultimate passage.

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