Green Vehicles, Electrics, and Hybrids - On the Rise

The Golden State is home to more than half of all electric vehicle sales. California’s zero- emission vehicle (ZEV) goal for 2025 is to reach 1.5 million vehicles. National sales for electric vehicles are on the rise. There were 159,139 electric vehicles sold nationally in the U.S. in 2016, a 37 percent jump over 2015 sales.

There are plenty of EV models to choose from in a wide variety of price ranges. Top sellers are Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Ford Fusion Energi which each have sold at least 10,000 units.

Some other manufacturers are making strides in the electric vehicle market with electric and hybrid offerings. Some of the notable offerings over the past two years include the
2017 BMW i3, 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf, 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, 2016 Cadillac ELR hybrid, 2017 Ford Focus Electric, 2017 Kia Soul EV, 2017 Fiat 500e, 2016 Chevrolet Spark EV, 2017 Hyundai Ioniq EV, and the 2016 Smart for two electric.

Consumers who purchase an electric vehicle expect they will be reliable. These are not cheap vehicles compared to cheaper gas-guzzling vehicles. The most expensive part of an electric vehicle is the massive batteries required to run the system. If this happens to your electric vehicle, better hope it’s still covered under the original factory warranty. Yes, even green vehicles can be lemons.

Some of the Electric Vehicle (EV) and Hybrid problems are as follows:

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

More Electric Vehicles Manufactured, Means More Problems

Just as the California Lemon Laws protect consumers who buy defective gas-operated vehicles, it also protects consumers who purchase electric or hybrid vehicles. The auto manufacturers are required under law to replace or repurchase defective vehicles they are unable to repair.

It can be difficult to get automakers to buy back your vehicle or replace it without the help of an experienced Lemon Law Attorney behind you. If your vehicle is protected by the original factory warranty, it has been taken back to the dealership for the same repairs several times, or has been in the shop for an extended period of time, the vehicle may qualify as a lemon under California law.

Get Electric Lemonade for your Green Car

Consumers are protected under California Lemon Laws, but if they don’t understand how it works, they will not get the results they want. It’s advisable that you speak with an experienced Lemon Law Attorney to discuss your potential claim.

The California Lemon Law Advocates at Johnson Attorneys Group are on your side. Our goal is 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. Review of your potential lemon law case is always free.