Consumer Reports has just issued a full report on electric vehicles and it is not good.
The magazine’s annual report found that EV car owners have 80% more problems than gas powered vehicle owners. Researchers also discovered that plug-in hybrids problems are up 146%.
The study did find that electric pickup trucks seem to be the most stable.
“As more EVs hit the marketplace and automakers build each model in greater numbers, we are seeing that some of them have problems with the EV drive system motors, EV charging systems, and EV batteries (which are different from the low-power 12-volt batteries that power accessories),” the report reads.
“This story is really one of growing pains,” said Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing at CR, according to the Associated Press. “It’s a story of just working out the bugs and the kinks of new technology.”
By 2030, Biden wants 50% of all car purchases to be electric vehicles; however, as the report shows…they don’t cut the mustard.
Automakers are also worried.
From Fox Business:
Major automakers have begun to acknowledge the concerns over EV demand weakness, as they navigate losses and pull back on investments in the technology.
CR’s report also comes a day after more than 3,000 auto dealers nationwide sent an open letter to Biden, urging him to “tap the brakes” on his administration’s EV push.
The coalition — which includes dealers located in all 50 states and who collectively sell every major car brand — is taking particular aim at the Biden administration’s tailpipe emissions standards released earlier this year which are the most aggressive federal regulations of their kind ever issued. Under the regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the majority of new vehicle purchases will be electric within a decade.
The letter also stated that people either don’t want them or can’t afford them.
“Last year, there was a lot of hope and hype about EVs,” the letter continued. “Early adopters formed an initial line and were ready to buy these vehicles as soon as we had them to sell. But that enthusiasm has stalled. Today, the supply of unsold BEVs is surging, as they are not selling nearly as fast as they are arriving at our dealerships — even with deep price cuts, manufacturer incentives, and generous government incentives.”