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Edmunds’ Long-Term EV Fleet Has Clear Winners And Some Objective Stinkers

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New technologies are scary, and when you’re spending over $50,000 on a new car, you want to know that all that money is going to be invested in a quality product. The fabulous team at Edmunds Cars buys new cars off dealer lots with their own money and keeps them for a few years to be able to provide real ownership experiences. This video explains how they feel about their current fleet of nine different electric vehicles.

Edmunds’ fleet of EVs consists of a 2024 Tesla Model 3, a 2020 Tesla Model Y, a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, a 2022 Rivian R1T, a 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, a 2024 BMW i5 M60, a 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV, a 2022 Lucid Air GT, and a 2024 Fisker Ocean Extreme. I’ll let the video do most of the talking, but I’ll give a high-level overview.

Edmunds recently took delivery of their 2024 Tesla Model 3 which is the refreshed Highland model, so aside from improved initial quality over the first iteration Model 3 they haven’t been able to draw many conclusions just yet. The 2020 Model Y, despite some presenters feeling the Model Y has the worst suspension ever put into a car, is still well-liked on staff, and has held up well over its four years of service. The 2021 Mustang Mach-E is also a staff favorite with a high ease of use despite its slow charging speeds. The Edmunds staff loves their 2022 Rivian R1T despite a few quality hiccups early in its life, the Rivian gets mad props from the staff. The Ford F-150 Lightning doesn’t elicit as unanimous of a response, with some staffers loving it and others saying the Rivian is a better buy. And finally wrapping up the positive reviews, the BMW i6 M60 is also newer to the fleet but so far it’s been a great all around car and much liked by the staff.

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Onto the poor performers; the Edmunds 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV has been an ownership nightmare since they were among the early adopters who faced debilitating software issues, and thus the staff cannot recommend the car. Click here to read about the different nightmares it caused for Edmunds. I’ve driven it, and I’d echo the sentiment. The 2022 Lucid Air GT falls on the bad side of things exclusively due to its early build quality issues, and the staff even say that the software has improved the ownership experience. The final and most obvious flop of the Edmunds EV fleet is the Fisker Ocean Extreme. Its list of issues is long and getting longer, plus the company recently filed for bankruptcy.

If you’re looking at owning a new EV, watch Edmunds’ videos on owning each of these cars to get a better idea of what the day-to-day will look like. And for the love of God don’t buy a Fisker Ocean.

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