General Motors is parking a lot of cash in fast-charging stations as part of a broader push to get people behind the wheel of electric vehicles.
The company plans to triple the total number of charging stations for its electric cars over the next five years. That means adding 2,700 new stations in parking lots and public areas across the country.
The company has partnered with EVgo, which touts itself as the country’s largest network of electric vehicles charging stations. The chargers will be offered for a fee of $5 to $15 per charge, the Detroit Free Press reports.
“We know how important the charging ecosystem is for drivers, one that includes access to convenient and reliable public fast charging,” GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said in a prepared statement announcing the move. “Our relationship with EVgo will bolster the public fast-charging network available to EV customers ahead of increased market demand and reinforce our commitment to an all-electric, zero-emissions future.”
The charging station push comes as GM recently unveiled details on the 12 of the 20 new electric vehicles the company plans to roll out by 2023. The list includes a new electric Hummer, as well as Cadillac, Buick, Chevy and GMC models.
Legal Protections for California Car Owners
GM’s electric push may be climate-friendly and sound business strategy, but the fact remains that the company has struggled to put cars on the road that are safe.
Last year, for example, the company recalled some 640,000 sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks because of a wheel sensor defect that could cause the cars to brake only on one side. That problem put drivers, passengers and anyone else on the road at risk of an accident, the company acknowledged at the time.
Fortunately, California car owners have some important legal protections when it comes to defective vehicles.
The state’s lemon law requires a carmaker to perform a variety of repairs on the vehicle while the car is under warranty. The company is also required to buy the car back if it is unwilling or not able to fix the problem.
There is no specific number of repair requests or attempts that must be made before the buyback requirement kicks in. Although the manufacturer can offer to instead replace the vehicle, it is the owner’s choice to accept or reject this alternative.
Speak with a California Lemon Law Attorney
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At the Bickel Law Firm, we have represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases in Southern California and across the state. We work aggressively to get the people we represent the compensation they deserve.
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