You know how far-lefty states like California are going whole-hog into electric vehicle crusade, even to the point of outlawing the sale of new gas-powered cars in the next decade or so?
Yeah. Good luck with that.
Partly because, well, it turns out people don’t want EVs, and car dealerships are now complaining about unsold electric boat anchors clogging up their lots, and partly because it seems the reason people are lining up to purchase battery-powered pick-up trucks and plug-on sedans is because they don’t work.
According to Consumer Reports’ latest annual reliability survey, electric vehicles experience far more problems on average than gas-powered or hybrid cars and trucks.
“The survey reveals that, on average, EVs from the past three model years had 79 percent more problems than conventional cars,” Consumer Reports noted, adding that, “Based on owner responses on more than 330,000 vehicles, the survey covers 20 potential problem areas, including engine, transmission, electric motors, leaks, and infotainment systems.”
Unlike common problems with gas vehicles like leaky motors and busted transmissions, EV’s problems are more likely to be electronic failures, which are incredibly expensive to fix. And while most problems with internal combustion engines have been figured out and are easily dealt with by most auto body shops, the new tech issues that gunk up EVs aren’t as well-known, meaning owners are far more likely to have to take their car back to the dealership or the manufacturer for a fix.
On top of that, CR reports shoddy craftsmanship has contributed to people’s rising dissatisfaction with their EVs, which are still significantly more expensive to purchase than gas-powered vehicles.
“While Tesla’s EV components are generally reliable, the company continues to struggle with the build quality of its vehicles,” says CR’s Steven Elek. “Tesla powertrains are now pretty solid for the most part, but Tesla owners report a lot of build quality issues including irregular paint, broken trim, door handles that don’t work, and trunks that don’t close. All of these pull down the brand’s reliability score.”
If someone does want to purchase a car with an electric option, CR notes, hybrids are the way to go - in part because they don’t tend to have all the onboard tech that makes EVs notoriously unreliable and expensive. Just stay away from plug-in models, which come with more risk of breaking than self-charging hybrids.
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