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SO MUCH THINKING ON EVS

 |  Rob Barnes  | 
Boy, some of your correspondents are really wound up on EV’s. Surely it comes down to preference and choice rather than being dictated to as to what vehicle you drive?

I came close to buying one last year, but my research and consultation with friends who had bought one, suggested I wait. Below is a report from Consumer reports. It had a bearing on what vehicle I drive for now despite the hysteria on EV’S

Updated on: December 8, 2023 / 5:38 PM EST / MoneyWatch     By Aimee Picchi

Electric vehicles have nearly 80% more problems and are generally less reliable than cars propelled by conventional internal combustion engines, according to a new report from Consumer Reports.

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) have an even worse scorecard, with an average of almost 150% more problems, the consumer group found. By contrast, ordinary hybrid cars are a “bright spot,” with about a quarter fewer problems than gas-powered cars, the analysis found.

Consumer Reports’ latest vehicle reliability report comes as car buyers can take advantage of a federal tax credit worth up to $7,500 for purchasing an EV.  But consumers have been slower to adapt to EVs than expected – they are often more expensive to maintain than traditional vehicles and require extra equipment – a home electric charging port.

“This story is really one of growing pains,” said Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing at Consumer Reports. “It’s a story of just working out the bugs and the kinks of new technology.”

The findings are based on a survey of Consumer Reports’ members about problems they’ve had with their vehicles in the prior year. Data was from 330,000 vehicles made between 2000 to 2023, with a few reports about new 2024 models.

EV owners most frequently reported troubles with battery and charging systems, as well as flaws in how the vehicles’ body panels and interior parts fit together. Consumer Reports noted that EV manufacturers are still learning to make completely new power systems – overall reliability of electric vehicles should improve.

Still, Consumer Reports noted that lingering concerns about reliability will likely add to the issues that give many buyers pause when considering a switch to the technology.

Who knows, in time I may well delight the EV brigade by buying one.


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