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Electric vehicles are nearly 80 percent more problematic than vehicles powered by traditional internal combustion engines, according to a new report by Consumer Reports.

The consumer group found that hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) have an even worse record, with almost 150 percent more problems on average.

Electric vehicle owners reported the most problems with battery and charging systems, as well as defects with the fit of body panels and interior parts. 

Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports' senior director of auto testing, said: "This story is really one of growing pains. It's a story of figuring out the bugs and kinks of new technology." 

The report includes data on more than 330,000 vehicles built between 2000 and 2023.