According to Consumer Reports’ latest poll, Electric vehicles (EV) from 2021 through 2023 models had nearly 80% more problems than gasoline-powered cars, SUVs, and trucks.
Long charging periods, worries about increased prices, an inadequate network of charging stations, and ongoing dependability problems are just a few of the reasons why many consumers are hesitant to transition into this new technology, as highlighted by Consumer Reports.
Sales of EVs have decreased dramatically. Approximately 90% year-over-year growth was seen in EV sales in June 2022. The one-year growth rate dropped to 50% by June of this year. Carmakers worry that it may go even lower.
US car dealers have written President Biden about ambitious fuel efficiency and emissions standards, claiming they could force electric cars to account for 67% of all vehicle sales by 2032 despite a plateau in consumer interest.
Consumer Reports poll indicates that plug-in hybrids, which use battery power before transitioning to a gas-electric powertrain, are more susceptible to breakdown due to their intricate power systems and the mass production of less reliable manufacturers like Volvo and Jeep.
General Motors recalled its electric Bolt from 2017-2022 due to manufacturing defects causing fires. Owners were required to limit charging and park the vehicles outdoors until replacement batteries were available.
GM advised drivers to park outdoors and not charge overnight.
Jake Fisher, Senior Director of Auto Testing, said repairs were ongoing this year, leading some Bolt customers to report issues to Consumer Reports.
Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 EV users experienced battery and charging issues, while Rivian, a new electric pickup truck and SUV maker, experienced body panel alignment issues and damaged interior components.
Tesla, the EV sales leader, improved dependability by selling smaller, cheaper Model 3 sedans and Model Y SUVs, which lack Telsa’s glitch-prone new technology.
The 2023 poll placed Tesla 14th out of 30 automakers, up from 19th in 2022.
Lexus was the most trustworthy brand in the poll, followed by Mini, Acura, Toyota, and Honda. Jeep, Volkswagen, Rivian, Mercedes-Benz, and Chrysler ranked last.
Compact automobiles were the most dependable, followed by small pickups, sportscars, medium and large cars, and luxury cars. Electric vehicles, SUVs, full-size, midsize, and electric trucks were the least reliable.