Electric vehicles are far less reliable than gasoline-powered vehicles, according to Consumer Reports, but most of their issues represent growing pains as auto makers launch models with new powertrains and the latest features that EV buyers expect.
EVs had 79 percent more problems than vehicles with internal combustion engines, according to Consumer Reports' 2023 auto reliability survey of 330,000 vehicles. Plug-in hybrids were twice as bad with 146 percent more flaws than gasoline vehicles. But hybrids scored best, with 26 percent fewer problems than gasoline-powered vehicles, Consumer Reports said Wednesday at an event with the Automotive Press Association.
New technology is more likely to spur problems, so as EVs enter the market, a low reliability score is unsurprising, Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing at Consumer Reports, told Automotive News.
"The longer a vehicle or a technology is in production, the more the bugs are worked out," he said. "The automakers that have produced EVs earlier, they're improving the reliability."