Democrat-led House passes billions for EVs as Consumer Reports rates them poor for reliability

President Biden's Build Back Better Act includes about $33 billion in tax incentives for the purchase of EVs and $7.5 billion to expand charging infrastructure.

Updated: November 28, 2021 - 10:48pm

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The Democrat-led House approved billions of taxpayer dollars for electric vehicles as Consumer Reports assigned poor reliability ratings for some of the newest electric models.

Gasoline and gas-hybrid vehicles rated highest, according to the Consumer Reports 2021 Auto Reliability Report.

Tesla, which manufactures only fully electric vehicles, ranked at the bottom of the list next to Lincoln.

According to CNBC, Consumer Reports "surveyed owners of more than 300,000 vehicles from model years 2000 to 2021, and used that data to make predictions about 269 different 2022 model year vehicles."

According to a Consumer Reports analysis of their survey, "fully-electric SUVs are among the least reliable vehicles."

The Audi E-tron and Tesla Model X came in last in their segment for reliability.

Consumer Reports no longer recommends electric models from Audi, Kia and Porsche.

"High-end electric-powered Sport Utility Vehicles are among the least reliable vehicles, but NOT because of their relatively simple powertrains," reads the latest Consumer Reports reliability report. "Complex electronics are their Achilles Heel, at least for now."

President Biden's Build Back Better Act, passed by the House on Nov. 19, includes about $33 billion in tax incentives for the purchase of EVs. A $7,500 credit jumps up to $12,500 if an individual purchases a union-made EV.

The workforces at Toyota and Honda are not unionized. Toyota has been trying to gain support among the public to oppose the special union tax break, arguing that it penalizes consumers for choosing to buy an EV from a nonunion automaker.

The legislation the House passed also includes $7.5 billion to expand EV charging infrastructure nationally.