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Hybrid, EV models significantly less reliable than gas-engine cars, Consumer Reports finds

New data from Consumer Reports shows that electric cars are, on average, far less reliable than cars with traditional internal combustion engines.

According to the magazine’s annual Auto Reliability Brand Rankings, released Wednesday, consumers reported 79% more problems with EVs than gas-powered cars, trucks and SUVs from model years surveyed 2000 to 2023. It was found that there were 146% more problems related to in-hybrid.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that ICE vehicles are still “old, faithful vehicles.” CR found that hybrid cars, which don’t require charging, have 26% fewer problems than gasoline cars.

Consumer Reports survey data found that electric cars have nearly 80% more problems on average than gas-powered cars, while hybrid models have 26% fewer problems. (Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images/Getty Images)

CR’s least reliable vehicle category in this year’s report was electric pickup trucks.

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“As more EVs come to market and automakers build more of each model, some automakers are increasing the number of EV drive system motors, EV charging systems, and EV batteries (unlike low-power 12 batteries). “The Volt’s battery that powers the accessory),” the report states.

“This story is really one of growing pains,” said Jake Fischer, CR’s senior director of automotive testing, according to the Associated Press. “It’s just a matter of ironing out the bugs and pain points in new technology.”

However, the report showing that EVs are unreliable suggests that with the Biden administration and manufacturers promoting EVs, more consumers may refrain from switching from gasoline-powered cars, and there may be a lack of charging infrastructure for EVs. Existing concerns, such as high costs, may be exacerbated. Vehicle costs.

President Biden’s goal of making 50% of car purchases electric by 2030 has faced a backlash from critics who say the initiative is being forced.

President Joe Biden sits in a Ford electric vehicle during a factory tour.

U.S. President Joe Biden drives the new electric Ford F-150 Lightning at the Ford Dearborn Development Center on May 18, 2021 in Dearborn, Michigan. (Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images)

Interest in EVs has increased significantly in recent years, with registrations in the U.S. increasing by nearly 547% since 2017. Still, by 2022, EVs will account for less than 1% of all vehicle registrations in the United States.

Major automakers are beginning to acknowledge concerns about weak demand for electric vehicles as they seek to avoid losses and pull back on investments in the technology.

CR’s report was released a day after more than 3,000 auto dealers across the country sent an open letter to Biden urging him to “step on the brakes” on his administration’s EV push.

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The coalition, which includes dealers in all 50 states and who collectively sell every major auto brand, is specifically taking aim at the Biden administration’s tailpipe emissions standards announced earlier this year. This is the most stringent federal regulation of its kind ever issued.based on regulations Proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).the majority of new car purchases will be electric within 10 years.

“These cars are ideal for many people, and we believe their appeal will grow over time,” the dealers said in a letter to Mr. Biden on Tuesday. “But the reality is that the demand for electric vehicles today has not kept pace with the mass influx of BEVs.” [battery electric vehicles] Arrived at our dealership due to current regulations. Our property is stacked with BEVs. ”

“There was a lot of promise and hype about EVs last year,” the letter continued. “Early buyers formed the first lines and were ready to buy these vehicles as soon as they were available. But that enthusiasm has stalled. Now, the supply of unsold BEVs is surging. Because they’re not selling as fast.” Even with deep discounts, manufacturer incentives, and generous government incentives, many still arrive at our dealerships. ”

In response, the Biden administration defended its policies and said they were working.

“As America stands to lead in a clean energy future, President Biden is investing in a future built in America, by American workers,” the White House press secretary said in a statement to FOX Business. “Bidenomics is growing the domestic EV and EV charging industry, creating high-wage union jobs in manufacturing and installation, lowering energy costs for hard-working families, improving air quality, and reducing middle-income We are building the economy all the way down.”

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“EV sales are growing faster than traditional gas-powered vehicles, with more vehicles being sold every day, as the President’s Inflation Control Act makes EVs more affordable and allows Americans to save money when driving. Americans are buying EVs,” the statement added.

FOX Business’ Thomas Catenacci contributed to this report.

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