According to Consumer Reports’ 2022 Annual Vehicle Reliability Survey, gasoline-powered electric vehicles and pickup trucks are the least reliable vehicles sold in America, while gasoline-powered hybrids and sedans are the most reliable vehicles.
Consumer Reports has collected data on more than 300,000 vehicles from model years 2000 to 2022, including several new 2023 models. The results of the study showed that electric vehicles and hybrids are among the most desirable and in demand, but their reliability is very different.
The study found that Tesla vehicles still had issues with “bodywork, steering, suspension, paint and trim, and the climate system,” but there were no issues with electric powertrains. Model 3 has average reliability, while Model S, Y and X are below average. That being said, Tesla still moved up four spots this year to 19th in the overall rankings.
Owners of other electric vehicles have reported problems with charging, batteries, and electric motors. Of the 11 EV models for which Consumer Reports has data, only 4 (Kia EV6, Tesla Model 3, Nissan Leaf, Hyundai Ioniq 5) have average or better predicted reliability.
On the other hand, hybrids, mid-size and full-size sedans scored the highest. Among all vehicle types, plug-in hybrid vehicles and hybrid SUVs rank first and third respectively in predicted reliability, according to Consumer Reports.
“With today’s inflated car prices, people are keeping their cars longer than ever. A hybrid can provide years of uptime, and they are good protection against rising fuel prices, said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports senior director of automotive testing. “With the top-rated hybrid, you get solid reliability, better fuel economy and lower maintenance costs without sacrificing acceleration, driving comfort or cabin quietness.”
Among the top-performing hybrids in Consumer Reports’ rankings were the Lexus NX, Ford Maverick and Toyota Corolla. Consumer Reports notes that 36% of potential buyers are considering buying a hybrid vehicle, up from 29% in 2019.
Toyota and Lexus lead the overall standings. BMW moved up ten places to third place. Mazda finished fourth this year, dropping two positions. Honda remained unchanged in fifth place. Subaru finished seventh and Acura eighth. Kia is in ninth place, up six positions from 2021. Lincoln rounded out the top ten.
Tesla cars have learned to detect devices that allow you not to keep your hands on the steering wheel when using autopilot
The Teslascope team, who understands Tesla software updates, found something interesting in the latest FSD beta update. Tesla vehicles can now detect devices designed to simulate hands on the steering wheel while the autopilot function is in operation. If such devices are detected, the system will disable the autopilot.
In order to use the beta Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) features, Tesla requires drivers to keep their hands on the wheel. That being said, the automaker regularly asks drivers to apply some torque to the wheel in order to continue using autopilot.
This prompted some people to use some tricks. Someone just put a water bottle under the steering wheel rim, and some companies even tried to mass-produce special steering wheel pads that fool the Tesla computer.
Because the technology is still in beta and undeniably dangerous if drivers aren’t in control, Tesla is trying to get drivers to take the wheel regularly to be ready to take over.
Tesla is also increasingly using a cab-facing camera for driver attention monitoring, which can detect when drivers are not looking at the road.
The well-known manufacturer of electric vehicles Nio will release its own smartphone. The head of the company is not satisfied with the limitations of the iPhone
The CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the well-known Chinese electric car manufacturer Nio, William Li, has revealed that the company is going to introduce its own smartphone in 2023. He spoke about it at the opening of Nio’s office (called “Nio House” by the company) in Dongguan.
According to William Lee, the company does not intend to compete with traditional smartphone manufacturers, instead Nio will try to make a device with a unique design. Naturally, it will be integrated into the ecosystem – with its help it will be possible to drive the company’s cars. The new model will be released annually.
William Lee stated that one of the reasons for the release of his phone was that the iPhone is limited in millimeter wave (mmWave) support, but this technology is used in Nio cars. It is expected that the cost of “mobile Nio” will not exceed $ 1,000.
Tesla Semi truck weighing more than 36 tons traveled 800 km without recharging
According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the developers confirmed in a real experiment that the Semi electric truck can travel 800 km on a single charge in real conditions.
The Tesla team just drove 500 miles (804 km) in an 81,000 lb (36,741 kg) Tesla Semi.
In early October, it was reported that the company was finally manufacturing its Semi electric truck and plans to start shipping it to Pepsi as early as December 1, 2022. The soft drink company ordered 100 electric vehicles in December 2017, just a month after Tesla first introduced the world to its new brainchild.
Tesla promises that the Semi can accelerate from 0 to 96 km/h mph in 20 seconds even when “fully loaded” and maintain “the same speed as on the highway, even on steep climbs.” Elon Musk also promises that you can charge your battery up to 70% in just 30 minutes.
Tesla Semi was first introduced in 2017, and the release of the serial version was postponed several times. Tesla offered a slight update to the production version last summer, but the automaker is expected to release more details, including pricing and specification details.
Tesla has already confirmed that it is going to hold an event dedicated to deliveries of the first Tesla Semi on December 1st.
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