The world’s largest car manufacturers have long been tinkering with alternative sources of fuel as a way to meet tightening environmental standards and climate conscious customers’ needs. Now BMW is looking at a new way to go electric.
The German carmaker has its sights set on hydrogen. BMW recently unveiled a new sport utility vehicle that features a hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain, which the company says could be available for sale as early as 2025.
“The BMW Group is working on the assumption that, in future, various alternative types of drive system will exist alongside one another, as there is no single solution that covers the complete spectrum of customers’ mobility needs worldwide,” the company said in a press release issued before the annual Frankfurt auto show. “Hydrogen vehicles represent an important alternative and addition to battery-electric drive systems.”
The I Hydrogen NEXT is a sport utility vehicle developed using existing i5 model. Hydrogen tanks sit under the rear seat and central tunnel.
BMW teamed up with Toyota back in 2013 to collaborate on hydrogen gas technology.
What to Do If You are Stuck with a Lemon
Despite all of the advances that have been made under the hood and inside the interior of modern automobiles, carmakers still often have a tough time putting products on the road without serious defects.
In 2017, for example, BMW announced that it was recalling 1 million cars because of safety concerns. The company said at the time that a pair of defects could cause the cars to catch fire unexpectedly.
The good news for car owners in California is that the state’s lemon law gives you some important protections.
The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires carmakers to perform certain repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. A manufacturer who is unwilling or unable to make those repairs is obligated under the law to buy the vehicle back. That includes compensating the owner for the purchase price, financing fees and other related costs. The manufacturer can offer instead to replace the vehicle, but it is ultimately the owner’s choice whether to accept that alternative arrangement.
The lemon law also requires a manufacturer to pick up the tab for any related legal fees that you incur while enforcing your rights.
Talk with an Experienced California Lemon Law Attorney
If you’re a California car owner whose vehicle has been recalled or is otherwise defective, you have the right to ensure that the carmaker is held responsible. A California lemon law attorney can help.
The California lemon law lawyers at the Bickel Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases throughout the state. We take the time to understand each individual client’s unique circumstances and we work aggressively to resolve these cases for the people that we represent.
Our offices are conveniently located in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with a California lemon law attorney.