Hummer enthusiasts awaiting the return of the hulking sport utility vehicles to roads across the country are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.
General Motors is set to unveil new, electric versions of the Hummer later this year, according to the Detroit Free Press. The company recently dropped some hints about the 1,000 horsepower, four-door electric “sport truck” and a Hummer SUV in a teaser starring Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.
General Motors is expected to start taking orders for the vehicles before the end of the year. The company will begin production on the cars in 2021 at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant.
The once-popular previous iteration of the Hummer was largely a victim of fuel prices and changing tastes. GM killed the brand a decade ago after failing to find a buyer.
This time around, the company is bringing Hummer back as part of a wider push to electrify its fleet. GM announced in 2017 that it planned to build 20 electric car models within five years. Some of that effort has been delayed as a result of labor strife at the Michigan-based auto manufacturer. Still, Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra also said GM plans to cut costs for lithium-ion batteries in certain cars by as much as 30 percent.
GM says the pickup version of the new Hummer will be able to travel up to 400 miles per charge.
Legal Protections for California Car Owners
The return of the Hummer may make a big splash for GM, but it comes as the company continues to struggle to make cars that are safe to drive.
Last year, for example, GM was forced to recall nearly 400,000 pickup trucks because of an engine-block heater defect that could cause vehicles to catch fire. The company said at the time that it did not have a long-term solution for the problem.
Fortunately, GM and other car owners in California have some significant rights under the state’s lemon law. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires GM and other manufacturers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also obligates the companies to buy back or replace cars they are unwilling or unable to fix.
Speak with a California Lemon Law Lawyer
If you are a car owner or lessor who is grappling with a manufacturer over repairs, an experienced California lemon law lawyer can help. A lawyer can help you weigh your rights and options to ensure that the carmaker is held fully accountable.
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