A Which? survey of motorists has found that new electric cars are more likely to develop a fault than petrol and diesel models.
In the poll of more than 48,000 people, 31 per cent of electric car owners admitted they had experienced a problem with their vehicle in its first four years.
That figure dropped considerably for owners of petrol and diesel cars with 19 per cent and 29 per cent reporting problems respectively.
Faulty EVs spent an average of five days off the road compared with just three days for petrol cars and four for diesel-powered motors.
The most common faults raised by EV drivers were software problems, rather than issues with the motor or battery.