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How Does California Lemon Law Apply to Electric and Hybrid Vehicles?

More consumers are choosing green vehicles such as electric and hybrids, especially in California where there is considerable infrastructure to support it. Indeed, more than half of all electric vehicle sales was in the Golden State – in part due to its zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) goal of 1.5 million vehicles by 2025.

National sales of electric vehicles went up 37 percent to 159,139 vehicles in 2016, compared to 2015.

There are now about 30 different EV models to choose from, but the top sellers with at least 10,000 units each last year was the Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf and Ford Fusion Energi.

Buyers of these green cars usually pay a premium for their vehicle. So when something goes wrong, they expect it will be repaired under the original factor warranty. However, if your vehicle continues to have the same issue, it’s possible you have a lemon law claim.

Some typical problems electric vehicle owners have with their vehicles included:

  • Battery longevity, failures
  • Electrical system failures
  • Control panel malfunctions
  • Accessory failures
  • Braking system

The lemon law protects consumers by making sure that auto manufacturers stand behind their warranties. This includes electric or hybrid vehicles that are under factor warranty and become defective. So if a consumer takes their electric or hybrid back to the dealership for the same repair at least four times, or two times for a potential safety issue and or the vehicle has spent at least 30 days in the shop, the vehicle may qualify as a lemon under California law.

Electric Lemonade — Green Cars Turn Yellow

Most consumers do not understand how the California Lemon Law applies to their circumstances, but with the help of an experienced lemon law attorney this can be determined in a free consultation.

The California Lemon Lawyers at Johnson Attorneys Group can be reached at 800-235-6801. It’s our pleasure to help you resolve the problems you are having with your electric or hybrid vehicle and the cost of our services is paid directly by the auto manufacturer — not you.

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