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Dodge and Kia named #1 in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study » Tesla is last, confirming the EV maker’s ongoing long documented quality problems

Dodge Durango SRT

FCA’s Dodge Durango SRT

Note added June 26, 2020 » This should have been a good news story for both Kia and Dodge. Instead the media (including this site) is focused on Tesla’s terrible ranking.

J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study, now in its 34th year, examines problems experienced by purchasers and lessees of new 2020 model-year vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. According to J.D. Power, Initial Quality has proven to be an excellent predictor of long-term reliability, which has a significant impact on owner satisfaction and brand loyalty.

This is the first time a Detroit automaker topped the list in 34 years. The Dodge Durango and Dodge Challenger models both scored very high in their segments.

Kia tied Dodge and maintained its six-year streak as top-ranked auto brand.

Tesla, which outdid perennially bottom-ranked Land Rover, has traditionally refused to cooperate with outside researchers like J.D. Power. Perhaps we now understand more the reasons for this.

The J.D. Power IQS results vindicate the many reports from owners, journalists, and analysts concerning Tesla’s persistent production quality issues. J.D. Power is well respected in the industry.

While Tesla has focused on being first to market, the short term, it has created long-term problems. The company has a long documented history of severe quality issues. (CNBC » Build fast, fix later: Speed hurts quality at Tesla, some workers say)

That mindset doesn’t appear to have changed as the newest Model Y is experiencing many of the same difficulties and widespread defects that have afflicted earlier models.

Hype and being first to market has proven profitable for Elon Musk and shareholders, and they have built up a fan base. However, if Tesla does not improve quality, they will not be able to grow their base into paying customers at a time when other manufacturers with much better reputations for quality products are rapidly bring EVs to market.

Tesla is not about to go the way of Edsel any time soon. But just as there will always be a market of Land Rover, there will always be a fans of Tesla.

Paul A. Eisenstein / The Detroit Bureau »

The Dodge brand, long a quality laggard, surged to take the top spot in the 2020 Power IQS, tying Kia, while toppling traditional benchmarks including Korea’s Genesis, Japan’s Lexus and Germany’s Porsche.

If anything, Porsche plunged to the lower quartile in the latest quality study, while Lexus and Genesis also slid sharply down the list. But no one fared more poorly than Tesla. Covered for the first time in the IQS, the California EV maker was, by far, posted an industry-worst score, underscoring recent reports of endemic quality issues impacting its line-up and, in particular, the new Model Y battery-SUV.

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Chevrolet launched a series of 15 videos to help educate current and future Chevy Bolt EV owners on the advantages of living electric

2020 Bolt EV: Activating OnStar | Chevrolet

The Bolt EV Academy online series explains several of the Bolt EV’s features, driving tips and how-tos. For future Bolt EV drivers, the series illustrates the brighter side, ease, and convenience of living with an electric vehicle – all explained by the engineers and experts who brought the Bolt EV to life.

The video series includes topics such as:

  • Home charging basics
  • Road trip charging
  • One pedal driving and regen on demand
  • Driver’s display screens
  • Personalizing active safety features
  • Cold weather driving tips

The full series can be found here.

More » Chevrolet Media Release, CarBuzz

The Chevrolet Bolt EV will lose half of its US federal tax credit on April 1, 2020 and it will be eliminated completely in 2021

However, GM doesn’t plan to cut the price of the Chevy Bolt EV.

Jim Gorzelany / Forbes »

If you’re in the market for a full-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV or the extended-range Volt, you ‘d better act fast if you want to take advantage of the full $7,500 one-time federal tax credit granted to plug-in car buyers. The credits are slated to phase out in two steps during the year after an automaker sells its 200,000th electrified ride, which is a feat General Motors accomplished near the end of 2018.

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A winter test of 20 EVs concluded they charge slower and have an average range loss of around 20 percent in freezing conditions

Norwegian Automobile Federation »

The Norwegian Automobile Federation (NAF) has tested the range and charge time of popular electric vehicles in winter conditions. 20 vehicles were driven until they stopped completely and shut down, to measure their real world range.

  • EVs don’t suddenly shut down when they run out of power. Drivers are given several warnings and can maintain regular speed until the very last miles.
  • EVs on average lose 20 percent of their range in colder climate.
  • EVs charge more slowly in cold temperatures.

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NAF collected 20 of the best-selling electric car models you can buy from Norwegian dealerships as of January 2020.

The test focused on range, consumption and charging time. To test all the cars equally, the test drive was performed without preheating of neither cabin nor battery. All cars drove the same route on the same day, with similar style of driving, and climate control settings.

The test route consisted of city driving, highways and country roads in speeds from 60 kmh (37 mph) to 110 kmh (68 mph). All the cars had one climb through a mountain pass. The longest running cars climbed two mountain passes.

Cars tested »

  • Audi e-tron 50 quattro and Audi e-tron 55 quattro
  • BMW i3 120Ah
  • Hyundai Kona and Hyundai  Ioniq
  • Jaguar I-pace
  • Kia e-Niro and Kia e-Soul
  • Mercedes-Benz EQC
  • Nissan Leaf 40 kWt and Nissan Leaf 62 kWt
  • Opel Ampera-e
  • Seat Mii Electric
  • Skoda Citigo-e iV
  • Renault Zoe
  • Tesla Model S, Model 3, and Model X
  • Volkswagen e-Golf and Volkswagen e-up!

See the full results of the test at the NAF site, including test results for each individual car.


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Biggest Winter Range Test Ever Reveals Best EVs For Cold Weather

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo at InsideEVs provides his views »

The tests started in Oslo and ended in Hafjell, which is normally a 200 km (124 mi) journey, but the evaluation extended that route to 482 km (300 mi) to cope with the cars with more range. They went through city and highway driving and at least a mountain pass. Speeds ranged from 60 km/h (37 mph) to 110 km/h (68 mph). The idea was to run the EVs until the battery was completely discharged.

NAF also performed a charging test from around 10 percent to a minimum of 80 percent of charge. It was conducted at -2ºC (28.4ºF), and all cars were driving for at least two hours to ensure their batteries were warm.

The first thing the association discovered was that the tested EVs present around 18.5 percent less range than their manufacturers state on WLTP. The worst one was in this was the Opel Ampera-e, a car that you are more used to calling Chevy Bolt. With a WLTP range of 423 km, it managed to run only 296.9 km, or 29.81 percent less.  […]

GM will be launching new EVs starting this year

The next General Motors EV will be a renewed Chevrolet Bolt EV, launching in late 2020. This will be followed by a ‘crossover’ version, dubbed the Bolt EUV, launching Summer 2021.

GM says the 2022 Bolt EUV will be the first vehicle outside of the Cadillac brand to feature Super Cruise, GM’s hands-free driving technology. GM promises Super Cruise will be available in 10 name plates by 2021, and expand to 22 vehicles across the GM brands by 2023.

The Cadillac Lyriq luxury SUV will be in April, but details about its launch were not shared. The GMC HUMMER EV is scheduled to be introduced on May 20, with production expected to start in the fall at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

What is clear from this announcement is that aside from the Chevy Bolt, GM’s new EVs are big, heavy vehicles that will appeal to American buyers. GM has not changed that direction.

More » CNBC » General Motors to spend $20 billion through 2025 on new electric, autonomous vehicles

More » Inside EVs, CNET, Electrek, GM Authority, TechCrunch, NY Times (paywall)

The 10 cars you are most likely to trade in within a year of purchase (and the 10 you are most likely to keep the longest)

More Mercedes-Benz C-Class models are purchased and sold or traded-in during the first year than any other model.

Paul A. Eisenstein, writing in The Detroit Bureau »

Some cars look great – until you actually buy them, and then, suddenly, you discover any number of reasons why you want to trade them in in a hurry.

For a variety of reasons, about 3% of the vehicles American motorists buy new will be sold or traded in during their first year of ownership. But a new study by iSeeCars found that the figure runs substantially higher for some products.

The top 10 cars you are likely to trade-in or sell the soonest included eight German and British luxury cars, two Nissans, but no traditional American brands »

  1. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  2. BMW 3-Series
  3. Land Rover Discovery Sport
  4. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
  5. Mini Clubman
  6. BMW X1
  7. BMW X3
  8. Nissan Versa Note
  9. Jaguar XF
  10. Nissan Versa

Here are the 10 cars you are most likely to keep the longest »

  1. Toyota Land Cruiser
  2. Chevrolet Corvette
  3. Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
  4. Audi TT
  5. Ford Expedition
  6. Ford Mustang
  7. Toyota 4Runner
  8. Porsche 911
  9. Toyota Sequoia
  10. Toyota Avalon

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