General Motors Makes Waves With Pledge to Go Electric-Only by 2035
General Motors recently announced that it will ditch gas cars by 2035, an ambitious move that is sending shockwaves through the auto industry.
“General Motors is joining governments and companies around the globe working to establish a safer, greener and better world,” Mary Barra, the company’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement announcing the decision. “We encourage others to follow suit and make a significant impact on our industry and on the economy as a whole.”
The company plans to have at least 20 electric vehicles in its lineup by 2023, NBC reports. The move comes as several other major car manufacturers have also shifted their focus to plug-in vehicles.
Ford, for example, has pledged to invest $29 billion in electrification projects, including plug-in versions to the F-150 pickup truck, the Mustang and a luxury sport utility vehicle. Meanwhile, Volvo says electric vehicles already account for one-third of the company’s sales in Europe.
GM is going a step further by saying goodbye to the internal combustion engine altogether. Skeptics are waiting to see if the company can make good on that promise.
“To borrow a phrase from Thomas Edison, what consumers and the climate need are commitments that are 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration,” David Friedman, a vice president of Consumer Reports, told the New York Times. “Strong aspirations are important and inspirational, but firm production plans and strong policies are what move the market and the climate.”
Legal Rights for California Owners Dealing With Vehicle Defects
GM’s announcement promises to change the landscape of the auto industry, but it comes as the manufacturer and the world’s other largest carmakers still struggle to put vehicles on the road that are safe for use.
Earlier this year, for example, GM said it was recalling more than 213,000 Buick and Chevrolet sedans because of a suspension component defect that could cause serious accidents.
Fortunately, the California lemon law offers some important protections for car owners and lessors in the Golden State.
The law requires car manufacturers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also forces manufacturers to buy back - or, sometimes, replace - cars that the company cannot or will not fix.
How a San Diego Lemon Law Attorney Can Help
If you are a car owner or lessor who is locked in a dispute with a manufacturer over repairs, an experienced San Diego lemon law attorney can help. An attorney can advise you of your rights and help you weigh your options to ensure that the automaker is held fully accountable.
At Bickel Sannipoli APC, we have represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases in Southern California and across the state. We have a strong track record of success in getting the people we represent the compensation they deserve.
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 today.