Tesla was the highest-scoring model in J.D. Energy’s 2022 U.S. Tech Expertise Index Examine, which evaluates advanced-tech options in new automobiles.
The research ranks manufacturers by issues per 100 autos, the identical metric utilized in J.D. Energy’s annual Preliminary High quality Examine, which is taken into account an trade benchmark. Included for the primary time, Tesla achieved the best rating within the research’s historical past—681 factors out of a doable 1,000.
Nonetheless, Tesla’s rating is taken into account unofficial, as a result of it doesn’t enable J.D. Energy entry to proprietor data within the states the place that permission is required by regulation, that means it doesn’t meet the complete standards for awards. Polestar additionally wasn’t formally ranked, however its rating of 608 factors would have put it close to the highest.
2023 Polestar 2
“The disruption from high-tech entrants resembling Tesla and Polestar additional accentuates the need for innovation,” a J.D. Energy press launch stated. “It’s also important as a result of new-vehicle expertise is a number one cause for buy.”
The outcomes burnish Tesla’s picture as a high-tech innovator. The Tesla Mannequin 3 (and by extension the Mannequin Y that adopted) was seen as a tech chief when launched—not simply in battery and propulsion tech however in interface. Extra not too long ago, Tesla has tried to keep up that picture with more and more outlandish options like steering yokes and touchscreen gear selectors on the Mannequin S and Mannequin X.
Genesis, which affords a fingerprint reader on its GV60, carried out on the prime amongst formally ranked manufacturers—though that characteristic on the whole was famous probably the most problematic within the research’s historical past. Maybe that is as a result of Genesis additionally affords a phone-based digital key characteristic, which ranked excessive in each desirability and execution within the research.
Genesis GV60 prototype
This exhibits that new tech options have to be correctly executed to be worthwhile. J.D. Energy not too long ago discovered that whereas EV powertrains aren’t an issue, all the opposite tech that automakers are inclined to pack into EVs is.
However, as J.D. Energy famous on this research, tech options are additionally a part of the enchantment right here, and one aspect of the sturdy client curiosity in EVs famous in one other of the group’s current research. So it is a balancing act for automakers between delivering extra tech with out souring clients on the EV expertise.