10 Electric Vehicles That You May Want To Avoid

Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining traction in the automotive industry, but they’re still in their infancy. Despite being around for about two decades, the competition is fierce and some models outshine others.

Consumer Reports suggests that EVs are generally less reliable than their internal combustion engine counterparts, despite having fewer components. Some EVs fall short in terms of range, price, and features.

As with any vehicle purchase, it’s crucial to research the specific brand, model, and year. Here are ten electric cars that you might want to reconsider before purchasing:

  1. Mazda MX-30: With a limited range of only 100 miles, a hefty price tag of around $35,000, and fewer features than other cars, the Mazda MX-30 may not be the best choice. It was only sold in California and production will cease after 2023.
  2. Tesla Model X: Since 2017, this model has been plagued with issues. The “falcon-wing” doors can be problematic and the windshield is prone to cracking. The most significant issue, however, is the battery – it drains quickly and charging can be difficult.
  3. Chevrolet Bolt: The 2019 and 2020 models have been recalled due to potential fire hazards and they don’t have great reliability ratings. If you’re considering a used Bolt, be aware of these issues.
  4. Ford Mustang Mach-E: The electric version of the classic Mustang has had its share of problems. The 2021 and 2022 models have had issues with the battery overheating and causing the car to shut down. There have also been problems with starting the car.
  5. Nissan Leaf: While the Leaf is reasonably priced (the 2023 model is just over $28,000, not including the federal EV tax credit), it doesn’t perform as well as other cars. It has limited range and battery compatibility, so thorough research is advised before purchasing.
  6. Porsche Taycan: Despite being hailed as “probably the most complete EV on the planet” by Top Gear in 2022, Consumer Reports found that it still doesn’t measure up to Tesla in the luxury EV market. To get the best performance from the Taycan, you’ll have to pay more for a higher trim level. Plus, there have been recall issues with the seat harnesses and power losses.
  7. Hyundai Kona Electric: The base model Kona EV can go about 200 miles on a single charge. If you opt for the upgraded 64.8-kWh battery, it can go up to 260 miles. However, the 2024 KONA Electric is only available as an all-wheel drive and will only be sold in 26 states.
  8. Ford Focus Electric: The Ford Focus Electric has been criticized for its limited range and slow charging times. Additionally, it lacks the acceleration and handling that other EVs in its class offer.
  9. Jaguar I-Pace: While the I-Pace offers a luxurious interior and impressive acceleration, it falls short in terms of reliability and range. It also has a high starting price compared to other EVs.
  10. Rivian R1T and R1S: Rivian’s vehicles, the R1T pickup and R1S SUV, have received mixed reviews. While they offer off-road capabilities and a unique design, they are quite expensive. Additionally, Rivian is a new company and doesn’t have the established reputation or extensive charging network that other manufacturers do.

If your commute is less than 41 miles you might consider the 2023 Prius. While the car has been given a complete and successful there is no reason to believe that it shares it’s predecessors track record of long term reliability and economy, albeit now in a much more attractive wrapping.