ICE Vehicles Better Than EVs in Initial Quality, Survey Says

June 30, 2022

The annual U.S. Initial Quality Study from J.D. Power surveyed 84,165 purchasers and leasers of new 2022 model-year vehicles.

June 30, 2022—Electric vehicles are having more issues in terms of initial vehicle quality when compared to internal combustion engine vehicles.

According to Axios, which cites data from a recent J.D. Power annual survey report, the average cost of an EV is around $10,000 more than an ICE vehicle, coming in at around $54,000.

Keeping that in mind, the J.D. Power report showed that battery electric vehicles had 240 problems per 100 for the 2022 model year. Plug-in hybrids had 239 problems per 100 vehicles. In comparison, ICE vehicles had 175 problems per 100 vehicles. 

This data is in reference to the vehicle's initial quality, which Axios notes does not cover the longevity and reliability of EVs in the long term.

The J.D. Power survey, called the U.S. Initial Quality Study, is based on the responses of 84,165 purchasers and leasers of new 2022 model-year vehicles. The individuals were surveyed early into their ownership. 

Teslas were not included in the battery EV data, as the automaker has sold a much larger volume of EVs in comparison to legacy automakers.