General Motors Preps New Electric Vehicles for 2023
General Motors is trying to make good on its pledge to pull the plug on gas-powered vehicles.
The automaker is launching production of electric versions of the Chevrolet Silverado, Equinox and Blazer next year.
“Chevrolet has 170,000 reservations for the Silverado EV, including from nearly 400 fleet operators, Kalea Hall reports for the Detroit News. “GMC recently halted reservations of the Hummer EV pickup and SUV after receiving 90,000.”
GM was the first major manufacturer to announce an all-electric shift, pledging to make all of its new offerings electric by 2035. Several competitors have followed with similar goals. Ford Motor Co., for example, plans to make electric cars at least 40% of its annual vehicle sales by 2030.
New requirements in California and across the country may also force auto manufacturers’ hands. The Golden State will ban the sale of new, gas-powered cars by 2035 under a new rule recently issued by the state’s Air Resources Board.
Meanwhile, things are looking up for the auto manufacturer on the financial front. GM saw sales spike by nearly 25 percent in the third quarter compared to the same stretch last year. Chevrolet was up 30%, GMC 24% and Cadillac 50%, according to the Detroit News.
“We are being very intentional in the way we are executing our EV strategy to position the company for the same kind of success that we’ve earned with today’s pickups and SUVs, and with supercars like the Chevrolet Corvette,” Steve Carlisle, GM executive vice president and president, said in a statement announcing the sales figures.
How the California Lemon Law Protects Electric Car Owners
The switch to an electric future has not been without hiccups. GM and several major auto manufacturers have issued a string of recalls in recent years over battery fire risks in electric vehicles.
The company recalled nearly all of the Chevy Bolts that it produced because of fire risks, for example. That recall similarly came after reports of vehicles going up in flames and viral videos of parked cars catching fire overnight.
Here is what electric vehicle owners in California need to know: You have some valuable rights and protections under the state’s lemon law.
The lemon law generally requires carmakers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also forces them to buy back covered vehicles that they are not able or refuse to fix. That includes compensating the owner for the car’s purchase price, as well as financing fees, rental car costs and other related expenses.
Talk with a California Lemon Law Attorney
If you have been stuck with a defective or malfunctioning vehicle, a California lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help you fight back.