Sucks that while they can build something so awesome, they pay their dues to 
the American Alliance of Auto Manufacturers, which lobbied successfully to get 
emissions/CAFE requirements weakened. Nissan for me. 

Bob Bath, from his iPod, so any misspellings are from autocorrect or fat 
fingers on a small device, not cluelessness...

> On Oct 24, 2017, at 4:50 AM, brucedp5 via EV <> wrote:
> % CR wants Tesla to pay more attention to them %
> EV simplicity wins: Consumer Reports names new Bolt most reliable car in
> Chevy’s line
> Oct. 20th 2017  Jameson Dow
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> It’s often expected for new models to receive low reliability ratings, but
> Chevy has bucked that trend with the Bolt.  In Consumer Reports’ new
> reliability ratings released yesterday, while Chevy as an overall brand
> scored relatively low (18th place), the Bolt came in as the most reliable
> car the manufacturer sells, out of 15 models (the highest number of models
> of any manufacturer ranked by CR).
> This is great news, because the Bolt is a great car in pretty much every
> other way too.  It won Motor Trend’s Car of the Year and many other awards,
> and we really like it, even though it’s not without its quibbles.  Despite
> all these awards, sales initially lagged (though they’re picking up as the
> car is made more available nationwide), so perhaps CR’s rating will help GM
> sell some more Bolts – if they actually want to. We’ll see if Chevy puts the
> Bolt, their most reliable car, front and center in its national ad campaign
> about winning awards for reliability.
> Given that the Bolt has only been out for about a year now, and the survey
> (which goes out in April) only covers the first six months of production,
> it’s quite exceptional that these very early cars had so few quality issues. 
> Of course, it could be that some issues might develop as time goes on, and
> it’s entirely possible that the ratings will drop as the car becomes more
> widely available or more of them get on the road.  But this would be
> opposite to the standard expectation that early cars tend to have more
> problems, so it seems that GM has done something remarkable here.
> Electrek’s Take
> As Consumer Reports mentioned in their analysis of Tesla’s reliability which
> we reported on yesterday, electric cars will tend to be more reliable than
> internal combustion cars because the powertrain is much simpler, with fewer
> moving parts and dealing with much less significant stresses (e.g. no
> explosions, ideally anyhow).  Until now, though, Tesla, the best-known
> manufacturer of EVs, has not faired exceptionally in CR’s survey, though
> this is somewhat to be expected of a new manufacturer (and as the article
> from yesterday states, they do seem to be improving, and the quality issues
> on the Model X are notably not problems with the powertrain).
> But Chevy is not a new manufacturer, so they give us a better idea of what a
> well-designed EV can do in terms of reliability.  The Bolt is really a
> well-thought-out package, and has several touches which shows that Chevy
> intentionally designed the car as an EV, not just some retrofit of a
> previous vehicle platform.  It’s still not quite as “from-the-ground-up” as
> Teslas have been, as the Bolt does share many parts with other GM models,
> but this emphasis on designing the car around the powertrain has turned out
> well for GM.
> Another thing to note in the rankings is that the i3 is BMW’s least reliable
> car ...
> These ratings show the benefit of EV technology – as electric vehicle
> advocates have been saying for a long time, if you just design an EV from
> the ground up to be simple, it will turn out to be much more reliable than
> an ICE car.  For various reasons, most EVs on the road haven’t yet taken
> advantage of this inherent advantage – either because they’re from a new
> manufacturer who’s still working out kinks (Tesla), or they’re based in
> large part on existing vehicle platforms if not just a complete retrofit
> (nearly everything else).
> It will be interesting to see how Tesla’s Model 3 fares when CR actually
> gets one in hand.
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> Consumer Reports reliability ratings: Tesla bitterly complains, and ...
> Oct 20, 2017  Update: Consumer Reports has issued a response to Tesla's
> criticisms: "Tesla ... although electric cars such as the Tesla Model 3 and
> the Chevrolet Bolt should ...
> ...
> Consumer Reports Predicts 'Average' Reliability For Model 3, Tesla ...
> Oct 20, 2017  Overall, electric cars fared better than their
> internal-combustion counterparts, and ... Soon after the report was released
> Thursday, Tesla criticized Consumer ... The Chevrolet Bolt EV was named the
> most reliable model from the Bowtie brand ...
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> 2017/10/20  Tesla Slams Consumer Reports For Giving Model 3 Average …
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> Tesla Model 3 will have 'average reliability'
> 2017/10/20  General Motors' new Chevrolet Bolt EV, for example, is that
> brand's most reliable model, rating "above average", according to Consumer
> Reports.
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