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As manufacturers introduce new, high-tech models, EVs are far less dependable than ICE


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EVs are far less dependable than ICE

EVs experienced 79% more issues than gasoline-powered cars, per the Consumer Reports 2023 Auto Reliability Study. Hybrid cars fared the best, having 26% fewer issues than cars that run on gasoline.

Consumer Reports claims that electric cars are far less reliable than gasoline-powered cars, but the majority of these problems are new as automakers introduce models with the newest features and upgraded powertrains that appeal to EV buyers.

According to Consumer Reports' 2023 auto dependability assessment of 330,000 vehicles, EVs experienced 79% more difficulties than cars with internal combustion engines. Compared to gasoline-powered cars, plug-in hybrids had 146 percent more defects, making them twice as problematic. However, hybrid cars fared the best, having 26% fewer issues than gasoline-powered cars, according to a Consumer Reports report released on Wednesday during an Automotive Press Association event.

According to Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing at reporters, new technology is more likely to cause issues, so when EVs hit the market, a low reliability score is not shocking.

According to Fisher, EVs continue to serve as the testing ground for new technology because the majority of EV owners are either early adopters looking for the newest innovations in technology or buyers of luxury or performance cars.

The only two models in the electric pickup market that were the least dependable were the Rivian R1T and the Ford F-150 Lightning. According to the report, new automakers like Rivian and Tesla are dealing with production concerns related to body hardware, paint and trim, and temperature systems, while Ford and other legacy automakers are having trouble with charging and batteries.

Fisher suggested that if reliability is a concern for car buyers, they should look into EVs that have been on the market for some time.


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