When it comes to building cars, not everyone is going electric.
Luxury sports car manufacturer McLaren is set to roll out its first hybrid vehicle by the end of the year. Chief Executive Officer Mike Flewitt recently told the Detroit Free Press, however, that the company has no interest in making a completely electric, plug-in vehicle.
The problem is that the electric batteries are simply too heavy, Flewitt told the free press.
Instead, the British automaker is focusing on the hybrid. A two-seat Spider expected to be rolled out later this year can travel 25-30 miles on a battery before flipping on a gasoline engine. It is expected to come with a price tag in the $400,000 range.
McLaren is bucking an all-electric trend, as high-end car makers like Porsche begin to dip their toes in the plug-in market. Porsche unveiled the electric Taycan sports car late last year. The company is looking into expanding a line of plug-in sports cars and sport utility vehicles.
Legal Rights for California Car Owners
Given the price of luxury vehicles like those that McLaren and Porsche make, you would expect that the vehicles would come off the factory line in good, working condition. Unfortunately, many cars come loaded with serious defects that can pose hazards on the road.
McLaren, for example, announced in September that it was recalling Senna hypercars because of an issue that could cause the vehicles’ engines to stall unexpectedly. McLaren and Porsche have also recently been forced to recall a number of vehicles because of ongoing concerns about Takata airbags.
The California lemon law provides some important legal protections for car owners in the Golden State. The law requires a car manufacturer to make various repairs to vehicles while they are under warranty and to buy back vehicles that the manufacturer is unable or unwilling to fix. That includes compensating the owner for the purchase price, financing fees and other costs. The manufacturer can also offer instead to replace the vehicle. It is up to the owner to decide whether to accept the option.
An experienced California lemon law attorney can help people understand their rights and weigh their options. The law requires a car manufacturer to pick up the bill for any legal fees that a person incurs while enforcing his or her rights.
Speak with a California Lemon Law Attorney
If you are a car owner or lessor who is haggling with your car’s 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.
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.