Electric driving is still relatively new, so little is known about its reliability compared to traditional combustion engines. According to an American report, electric cars are a lot less reliable. But there is another type of powertrain that is even less reliable.
The report comes from a research agency Consumer Reports, which has set up a large-scale survey to determine the reliability of cars. In the survey, owners were asked about the problems they experienced with their vehicles. What turned out? Motorists with an electric car had 79 percent more problems than owners of cars with a combustion engine.
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One of the explanations for the major difference is that the technology of an electric drivetrain is quite new, which means that relatively many teething problems can occur. And because electric cars are on average newer than cars with a combustion engine, a larger share are equipped with complicated technical systems, such as semi-autonomous driving assistance. These systems still appear to be quite prone to failure, partly because they are so complicated. The fact that electric cars suffer from this more often can simply be explained by the fact that they are equipped with it more often than ICE cars. So it actually has nothing to do with the drive concept itself.
According to Consumer Reports, people who want to buy an electric car would do well to purchase a model that has been on the market for a while. “The longer a vehicle or technology is in production, the better the bugs are resolved. The car manufacturers that have previously produced electric cars are improving reliability,” said a top executive of the company in conversation with Automotive News.
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