To squeeze as much distance as possible out of the Roadster’s lithium-ion battery, the drivers traveled at a consistent speed of 34 mph for a large portion of their journey, which took 12 hours. Prior to the drive, a security seal was applied to the vehicle’s charge port door. The drivers took the vehicle from Alice Springs, Northern Territory to Coober Pedy, South Australia. Upon reaching its destination, the vehicle reportedly had three miles to spare in its battery. The drive was part of an alternative fuel rally called the Global Green Challenge.
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year’s Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware, experts said this week.
As it does every year, Consumers Union recently surveyed its members on the reliability of their vehicles. This year, it collected data on approximately 1.1 million cars and trucks, categorizing the members’ likes and dislikes, not only of their vehicles, but of the vehicle sub-systems, as well.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
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