It had to happen. However, the luster of the electric car’s reliability – due to fewer moving parts – had to be questioned.
And that comes through a new poll by consumer group Which?
It claims that new electric cars may be less reliable than petrol and diesel.
It’s a big statement and seems to contradict the popular belief that EVs are more reliable and generally have fewer problems because they have fewer moving parts.
However, it is important to emphasize that a majority of the problems with electric vehicles in the survey were due to software problems and not motors or batteries.
However, there is no denying that a higher percentage of electric car owners report problems with their vehicle in the first four years of ownership.
Almost every third (31 percent) EV driver reported a problem during this period.
That’s really not much more than the 29pc for diesel cars owners reported.
But it’s a long way from the 19 percent of gasoline-car buyers whose vehicle had problems in the four years of ownership.
Slightly more worrisome might be the fact that the required repair work takes longer when EVs are taken off the road, the survey found.
“More” means five days compared to just three for petrol and four for diesel, according to which?
The survey found that the most reliable cars across all fuel types were full hybrids: cars with a battery charged by the main combustion engine.
More than 48,000 people told which? they drive around 57,000 cars. Included were 2,184 EVs.
https://www.independent.ie/life/motoring/car-news/electric-cars-give-trouble-though-not-the-kind-you-might-expect-survey-41413699.html Electric cars are causing trouble, if not the kind you might expect: poll