When it comes to electric cars, engineers have no shortage of opinions.
A few weeks ago, we asked readers of our print magazine a simple question: What would it take to make you buy an EV? Not surprisingly, our readers weren’t shy about expressing some very emotionally-charged opinions. Many balked at the idea of ever owning an EV, while others said their EVs are already on order. A large cross-section of readers suggested that hybrids – particularly plug-in hybrids – are the most logical powertrain alternative, at least for now.
Since the volume of mail far exceeded the available space in our print magazine, we’re posting the best of the responses as comments below. Scroll through a few of them. If they make your blood boil, let us know. Post a comment here or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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