Bummer: EVs Account For 79% More Issues Than Fossil Fueled Vehicles

I’m just thankful that government isn’t trying to force citizens into them

‘Not surprising’: Recent EV models run into 79% more problems than gas cars, Consumer Reports survey reveals. But global sales continue to accelerate — could they be headed for a crash?

Interest in electric vehicles continues to rev up across the driving world.

Globally, the International Energy Agency reports, EVs accounted for 14% of new vehicle sales in 2023 and predicts that share to grow to 16% this year. And 2024 continues to be a good year for EVs, as global sales jumped 69% in the month of January compared to the year before, according to a report from market research firm Rho Motion.

If they say so. Kinda hard to believe when dealers are having trouble selling them, are telling the manufacturers to not send them anymore, and offering utterly silly deals to get them off their hands

st greta carBut while U.S. drivers continue to be eager to get behind the wheel of an EV, the latest Consumer Reports annual car reliability survey revealed that, on average, electric vehicles are less reliable than gas-powered or hybrid vehicles. The survey looked at responses from owners of more than 330,000 vehicles and found EVs (from the past three model years in particular) saw 79% more issues than traditional cars.

That number came as no real shock to Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing at Consumer Reports — but that’s not to say these challenges can’t be overcome.

“Most electric cars today are being manufactured by either legacy automakers that are new to EV technology, or by companies like Rivian that are new to making cars,” Fisher says.

That’s a lot of problems. But, in fairness, the issue reports can include people whining about minor things, not actual serious concerns. It could be someone who refuses to read the manual to understand how to charge it. That happens with gas brands, too.

According to the report, EVs were 2.3 times more expensive to service than gas cars during the first three months of ownership and 1.6 times more expensive at the one-year mark.

But, according to Kelley Blue Book, the primary driver of this extra expense is labor. There’s currently a shortage of mechanics who are certified to service EVs, so those with certification remain in high demand — and more expensive. It also takes them 1.5 times longer to work on EVs than gas-powered cars, since problems take longer to diagnose and repair.

Yeah yeah yeah. Nice try.

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5 Responses to “Bummer: EVs Account For 79% More Issues Than Fossil Fueled Vehicles”

  1. Dana says:

    Our esteemed host began:

    I’m just thankful that government isn’t trying to force citizens into them

    Well, they haven’t yet. I’m all for people voluntarily choosing to buy plug-in electric vehicles, and many thousands of people are.

    But many thousands of other people are not, are taking their decisions based on what they believe to be more practical for themselves and their situations. I can see where an EV might be judged practical for someone with the money to afford one of the silly things, if he had a home with a secure garage or other parking space in which he could install an at-home 220 volt charger, and his lifestyle entirely involved short trips, and he has a normal second vehicle.

    These are things which should be decided by the free market, not politicians or bureaucrats.

  2. Matthew says:

    Because the tech, top to bottom, has been rushed to market several stages of development too soon. Why spend the money, time and effort to develop and manufacture a durable, reliable product when .gov will subsidize every facet (development, manufacture, sales, purchase, charging, etc.) of your shitty one?

    And yes, .gov IS (or believe they are) forcing us into them, even though the majority of their goals are utterly unattainable, by any standard.

    My 54 year old truck is a hybrid, it normally burns gasoline but under high loads it burns 3X the gasoline. I like LL100 when I can get it reasonably.

  3. Professor Hale says:

    Elon Musk predicted this. He noted in an interview that companies like Rivian were going to go bankrupt because they simply didn’t understand the complexity of the technology they were dealing with. He further noted that his own company, Tesla, had worked through those issues but the newer companies were just jumping into EVs without the preparation he did.

  4. unklc says:

    I would trust Elon’s predictions on this. After doing car shopping a while back, we decided that if, for some strange reason, we decided to buy electric that it would be a Tesla. Of course, common sense took over and we bought domestic ICE. I have interests in several EV companies and think that companies like Ford and Government Motors will continue limited EV development and production for virtue signaling and to appease the gummint.
    At this time there are few independent repair shops, mostly on the left coast. The availability of technicians, parts, technology, etc. complicate the repair shop issue. Additionally, EV’s have a limited time on northern roads that are salted heavily in winter, so the salt corrosion issues are just developing. We’ll see.
    Just not ready for prime time.

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