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News Consumer Reports Says EVs are the Least Reliable Vehicle Type

Consumer Reports Says EVs are the Least Reliable Vehicle Type

Technology failures are at the forefront of EVs less-than-stellar reliability record


  • The data collected involved 2019 and 2020 model year EVs.

  • 2021 model years fared slightly better.

  • ICE vehicles are, for the moment, more reliable.


Electric vehicles are the present and, without a doubt, the future. These EVs are evolving at break-neck speeds which, historically speaking, can only lead to one thing: reliability issues. Consumer Reports is a highly regarded outfit known for its robust data collection and evaluations. According to them, EVs are not as reliable as ICEs.

Specifically, they suffer from significantly higher problem rates, especially for 2019 and 2020 model year EVs. Based on their figures, 2021 model year EVs are improved but still lag behind their ICE counterparts.

Among the issues experienced in EVs, in-car electronics troubles are among the most common. This refers to infotainment and display screens failing, shutting off, or rebooting. This can be a big problem as many EV drivers rely on these screens to access everything from HVAC controls to driving functions.

Other troublesome components and accessories include various power equipment, climate systems, body hardware, drive system, paint and trim, and so on according to Green Car Reports.

Tesla shows up often in the report. The hot-selling Model Y is the recipient of a “much worse than average” reliability score. The Model X isn’t too far behind. It can be argued that Tesla has far more vehicles on the road than any other manufacturer (when it comes to EVs).

The take-away from the study is that issues and problems, many of which are common for ICEs, occur at a higher rate in EVs than ICEs.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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