Electric car reliability: how reliable are electric cars?

Car reliability is important to everyone, whether driving an electric or fuel-powered vehicle. After all, no one likes being stuck on the side of the road with a car issue.

With that in mind, how reliable are electric cars? We have all the answers below.

How reliable are electric cars?

With the development of technology, cars are more resilient and reliable than ever. It’s rare that you’ll find a new car that causes you many major issues.

When it comes to electric cars, the question of how reliable they are is difficult to answer. Like every type of car, reliability will depend on the make and model of the car you have.

One thing that all electric vehicles have in common is that they use a battery and motor instead of an engine. This means they have fewer moving parts and there are less things on an electric vehicle that can go wrong. The simplicity of the battery and motor system also requires less maintenance.

All electric vehicles will also have a form of regenerative braking. These braking systems use the motor to assist the braking, which causes less wear on the brake pads compared to fuel-powered vehicles.

These factors reduce the number of issues you could potentially experience with an electric vehicle, but reliability will still depend on the make and model of the vehicle.

Most reliable electric cars

With the model of the vehicle being so important, which electric cars are the most reliable?

A What Car? reliability survey recently listed the most reliable electric cars available. The survey used the experience of 13,000 electric car owners and ranked the cars based on the number of issues experienced in the past 12 months, what issues occurred, the cost of getting the issues fixed, and how long the repairs took.

According to the survey, the following three cars proved to be the most reliable:

  1. Tesla Model 3

Reliability rating: 99.4%

The Tesla proved to be extremely reliable with only 5% of drivers experiencing an issue within the last year.

  1. Hyundai Kona Electric

Reliability rating: 98.5%

Closely following the Tesla was the Kona with only 7% of those surveyed experiencing an issue. All these issues were covered under warranty.

  1. BMW i3

Reliability rating: 97.9%

Like the Kona, all repairs for the BMW i3 were covered under warranty.

Of the top performing cars, none of the issues experienced prevented the vehicle from being driven.

From the survey, it’s clear that electric vehicles can be very reliable and it’s best to research the reliability of models before choosing your new electric car.

Electric vehicle range

While researching electric vehicles, you’ve no doubt heard myths about their lack of range. What use is a reliable car if it doesn’t have the range to go the distance?

The range for electric vehicles is much further than you may expect. For top models, this can be as high as 300 miles. For example, the aforementioned Hyundai Kona Electric has an official range of up to 300 miles. It packs impressive reliability and range into one neat package.

The average range for electric vehicles currently sits at 195 miles. By contrast, the average car journey in the UK in 2019 was only 8.6 miles. Although the average range of an electric vehicle may fall below that of fuel alternatives, it far exceeds the range many of us travel on a daily and even a weekly basis.

Charging an electric vehicle

On top of this, charging an electric vehicle can be incredibly easy and convenient.

Most electric vehicle owners have a specialised charging point installed at home. This allows you to charge your vehicle whenever it’s not in use. Many energy providers also offer energy tariffs that are specific to electric vehicle owners, with cheap overnight rates.

However, a home charging point is a necessity for electric vehicle owners. Those who only have on street parking wouldn’t be able to get a home charging point installed, meaning an electric vehicle isn’t an option.

When it comes to charging in public, there are more charging point than ever before. These often charge a small fee but are convenient ways to top up your battery whenever you need it. For long journeys, you can use rapid chargers. Commonly found at motorway service stations, many will provide 100 miles of range in as little as 30 minutes.

You can discover more about the costs of charging an electric vehicle here.

Performance reliability

Did you know that electric vehicles also have reliable performance?

This is thanks to their motors providing instant torque with every movement of the accelerator pedal resulting in an immediate increase of speed on the road.

It’s these motors that are also to thank for the near silent driving experience - the one thing everyone notices when they drive an electric car for the first time.

Plus, EV batteries are usually placed in the floor of the vehicle. This results in great weight distribution and balance for smooth cornering.

We’ll finish with arguably the biggest positive of all. Electric vehicles are reliable ways of helping the environment with no tail-pipe emissions. By driving an electric vehicle, you’ll be helping to support a sustainable future.

For lots more information about electric vehicles, head over to our electrification hub. Why not also explore our range of electric vehicle accessories here.

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