Electric Vehicles Prove Less Stable Than Fuel-Powered Cars, Study Finds



by SEDEDIN DEDOVIC

Electric Vehicles Prove Less Stable Than Fuel-Powered Cars, Study Finds
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A new report from Consumer Reports found that electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are not as reliable as traditional gas vehicles. The study, which examined more than 300,000 vehicles, found that EVs suffer from 79 percent more maintenance problems than gas or diesel ones, while PHEVs have 146 percent more problems.

The problems with this kind of vehicles are likely due to the industry's growing problems with the relatively new technology. As automakers rush to develop and produce EVs and PHEVs, they often produce vehicles with more bugs and breakdowns than traditional gas cars.

This is especially true of electric pickups, which are the latest technology in the lineup.

Some EVs and PHEVs defy expectations

Despite the overall reliability issues of electric and PHEV vehicles, there are a few models that defy expectations.

The Toyota RAV4 Prime and Kia Sportage are PHEVs that received above-average reliability ratings from Consumer Reports. In addition, several electric vehicles, including the Lexus UX and NX Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Highlander Hybrid and RAV4 Hybrid, also received above-average ratings.

Tesla, once synonymous with electric vehicles, scored in the middle of the pack overall in Consumer Reports' reliability rankings. The company's EV powertrains perform better than those from traditional automakers, but Tesla's vehicles are also prone to other problems, such as body hardware problems and paint defects.

The study also found that there are regional differences in reliability. Asian automakers had the highest average survey scores of 63, followed by European companies with an average of 46. American brands trailed behind with a somewhat disappointing score of 39.

The future of EV and PHEV vehicles

Despite the challenges, the future of EVs and PHEVs is still bright. As automakers continue to develop and refine these technologies, they are likely to become more reliable. Additionally, increasing demand for Electric Vehicles is putting pressure on automakers to improve their quality control.

Although EVs and PHEVs are not as reliable as traditional gas vehicles, they are still a promising technology. With continued development and refinement, these vehicles have the potential to become a major part of our future transportation system.