Biden Plots Course for Electric Vehicle Future in the U.S.
The Biden administration has big plans to pull the plug on gas-powered cars across the U.S., following the lead of California and other states.
President Biden recently said half of all new cars sold in the country should be emissions-free by 2030, Auto News reports. The goal is not legally binding but is being wielded as a way to put pressure on carmakers to step up their transition to electric vehicles.
“The future of the American auto industry is electric,” Biden said at a White House event in August, according to Auto News. “It is electric; there’s no turning back.”
California and Massachusetts have already announced that they will ban the sale of new gas-powered cars starting in 2035.
Volvo and General Motors, meanwhile, have pledged to make their entire fleets electric-only by 2030 and 2035, respectively. GM, Ford Motor and Stellanits also signed a joint pledge to try “to achieve sales of 40-50 percent of annual U.S. volumes of electric vehicles” by 2030.
Car Defects Threaten Lives
Car manufacturers continue to struggle to ensure that the cars they put on the road today are safe to drive, whether they are electric or gas-powered.
GM, for example, recently recalled some 380,000 Cadillac and Saab sport utility vehicles. The company said a rear suspension toe link issue could impact steering and increase the risk of a crash.
Stellantis earlier this year recalled roughly 500,000 Ram pickup trucks because of defective wheels that could be dislodged and cause a collision.
How the California Lemon Law Works
Fortunately, car owners and lessors in California have some important protections under the state’s lemon law.
The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires carmakers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also forces auto companies to buy back vehicles that they are unable or unwilling to fix. That means compensating the owner for the purchase price, as well as financing costs and other related expenses.
A manufacturer can instead offer to replace the vehicle. It is up to the owner to decide, however, whether to accept or reject this alternative arrangement.
How a California Lemon Law Attorney Can Help You
If you are a car owner or lessor stuck with a detective or malfunctioning vehicle, an experienced California lemon law attorney can help. A lawyer can ensure that you understand your rights and help you explore your options to make the manufacturer responsible for the defective vehicle.
At the Bickel Sannipoli APC, we have represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases across California. Our attorneys work aggressively to get the people we represent the compensation they deserve and we have a strong track record of successful results.