Ford Working on Electric Sport Utility Vehicle
Ford Motor Co. has big plans for its luxury Lincoln brand sport utility vehicles.
The company is partnering with Michigan-based electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian on a battery-powered Lincoln. The new wheels are part of a larger overhaul of Lincoln’s sport utility vehicle lineup and builds on the brand’s “Quite Flight” initiative to make car travel a more tranquil experience.
“Working with Rivian marks a pivotal point for Lincoln as we move toward a future that includes fully electric vehicles,” Lincoln President Joy Falotico said in a press release announcing the new SUV. “This vehicle will take Quiet Flight to a new place – zero emissions, effortless performance and connected and intuitive technology. It’s going to be stunning.”
Ford first announced in April that the company was investing $500 million in Rivian. The electric vehicle startup has also received $700 million from Amazon, money expected to find the development of an electric sport utility vehicle and a pickup truck.
Ford said the new Lincoln SUV will be built off of Rivian’s flexible skateboard platform. The new project is part of the company’s $11.5 billion pledge to electrification, which also includes plug-in versions to the F-150 pickup truck and the Mustang.
Legal Rights for California Car Owners
While Ford goes big on new electric cars, the manufacturer is still having some trouble safely producing its more traditional vehicles.
The company late last year announced that it was recalling more than 260,000 pickup trucks because of a defect that could cause their tailgates to open unexpectedly. The move came three months after Ford said it wanted to take another look at some 58,000 Focus vehicles because of a fuel tank problem that could cause them to stall without warning.
Fortunately, the California lemon law offers some important protections for car owners in the Golden State. The Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires car makers to perform certain repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. The law forces the manufacturer to buy back – or, in some cases, replace – cars that it is unwilling or unable to fix.
The lemon law also requires the car maker to pay any legal fees that an owner incurs enforcing his or her rights.
Consult a California Lemon Law Attorney
If you are a car owner or lessor who is grappling with a manufacturer over repairs, an experienced California lemon law attorney can help. A lawyer can help you weigh your rights and options to ensure that the carmaker is held fully accountable.
At the Bickel Law Firm, we have represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases in Southern California and across the state. We work tirelessly to get the people we represent the compensation they deserve.
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