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Consumer Reports: Electric Vehicles Suffer 79% More Problems Than Conventional Cars

Consumer Reports’ recent findings show that electric vehicles (EVs) demonstrate 79% more problems than other vehicles, as indicated by Consumer Reports’ annual auto reliability survey. However, according to Jake Fisher, the director of the group’s auto testing center, the issues don’t inherently stem from the fact that they’re electric.

The primary reason for the higher reported problems with EVs is their novelty. Newer car models, regardless of their propulsion, often face more issues. Companies haven’t had ample time to iron out the kinks typically observed in long-standing models.

EVs generally fall under higher-priced categories, boasting sophisticated technology features and an array of gadgets. These advanced components and features, such as safety sensors and high-tech interfaces, can potentially lead to more complications and failures.

Consumer Reports’ data reflects problems reported by EV owners related to batteries and charging, which can also be attributed to the novelty of the vehicles. Fisher clarified that it’s not the technology itself that’s inherently problematic but rather the adjustment phase of integrating and perfecting new technology into these vehicles.

Fisher offered an analogy, suggesting that if traditional automakers suddenly switched from producing combustion engine vehicles to electric cars after a century, the newly introduced internal combustion engines would likely encounter numerous issues as well.

The survey indicated that electric pickup trucks showcased relatively poor reliability, considering they combine two categories with less reliability: pickups and EVs. Nonetheless, not all EVs shared the same reliability concerns. Certain models like the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, along with the Ford Mustang Mach-E, exhibited average expected reliability. 

Interestingly, the survey highlighted that plug-in hybrids demonstrated the least reliability among EVs. According to Consumer Reports, these vehicles, with their gas engines, electric motors, and charging systems, are prone to issues witnessed in both traditional gas-powered and electric vehicles.

Contrarily, non-plug-in hybrids proved to be the most reliable among all vehicle types, thanks largely to their manufacturers. Fisher attributed their reliability to automakers like Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, and Kia, renowned for their reliability.

Author: Madison Cates

Title: Managing Editor


Research journalist, Freelance writer, Managing editor

  • Expertise: automotive content, trending topics.
  • Education: LeTourneau University, Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.
  • Over 400 articles and short news pieces published across the web.

Experience: Madison Cates is a journalist located in the great state of Texas. She began writing over eight years ago. Her first major research piece was published by the Journal of Business and Economics in 2018. After growing up in a household of eight brothers and a dad who was always restoring old Camaros, she naturally pivoted her freelance career into the automotive industry. There, she found her passion. Her experience paved the way for her to work with multiple large corporations in automotive news and trending topics. Now, she now finds her home at Wealth of Geeks where she proudly serves as Managing Editor of Autos. Madison is always down to geek out over the latest beautiful cars on the market, and she enjoys providing her readers with tips to make car ownership easier and more enjoyable.

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