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Rivian and MINI top EV ownership satisfaction survey from JD Power

The Rivian R1T and the MINI Cooper Electric lead in J.D. Power’s EV ownership satisfaction survey, beating out Tesla, Ford, Hyundai/Kia, and more.

While specifications and professional reviews often play a significant role when a car buyer is looking to buy their next vehicle, the thoughts and experiences of other recent customers can also be a considerable help when picking from an increasingly crowded field of EVs. Today, J.D. Power found that surveyed customers ranked the Rivain R1T and the MINI Cooper Electric as the best new electric vehicles to own.

According to J.D. Power’s survey, which compiles a series of data points from a customer survey into a 0-1,000 point scale, the Rivian R1T was the highest-rated premium electric vehicle, scoring 794 points, while the MINI Cooper Electric led the mass market segment, scoring 782 points.

The Tesla Model 3 came in a close second within the premium segment, scoring 759 points, while the Tesla Model Y followed closely after at 754 points. The segment average score was 756 points. The Audi e-tron and the Polestar 2 rounded out the top five contenders in the premium segment.

As for mass market offerings, the MINI Cooper Electric was another clear winner, with the second-place Kia EV6 trailing by 20 points. The Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai IONIQ 5, and Volkswagen ID.4 rounded out the mass market options.

Previous year’s winners, the Tesla Model 3 and the Kia Niro EV, had dramatically different placements this year, with the Model 3 remaining incredibly competitive for the top spot of the premium segment. At the same time, the Niro EV sank to sixth, just above the industry average.

J.D. Power’s study focused on ten factors when surveying drivers; accuracy of stated battery range, public charging availability, cost of ownership, driving enjoyment, ease of charging at home, interior and exterior styling, safety and technology features, service experience, vehicle quality, and reliability.

Unsurprisingly, premium EV owners had a far better charging experience than mass market EV owners, likely influenced by Tesla’s Supercharging Network. However, it should be noted that a slightly larger proportion of mass-market owners were first-time EV buyers. 84% of all respondents were first-time EV owners, a record for the survey.

Regarding top concerns, results varied considerably between the mass market and premium segments. While infotainment was the biggest annoyance for mass-market EV owners, general build quality and “creaks and rattles” were top concerns in the premium segment.

As EVs become increasingly more popular with the general public, there is no doubt that the problems found today will receive more and more attention, pushing automakers to improve in these critical areas. This, combined with the fantastic ownership experience already cited by the vast majority of owners in this survey, will make EV ownership experience of the future an incredible one.

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Rivian and MINI top EV ownership satisfaction survey from JD Power
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