When most people think of Tesla, hauling stuff through rough terrain using four-wheel drive, fat tires and a big ol’ cargo bed isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind.
That could soon change.
Tesla is working on a new pickup truck model. The company tried to tease Tesalheads with a vague photo of the new vehicle at the end of the Model Y launch in March. When seemingly no one picked up on that cue, Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk took to twitter to point out that the image was, in fact, a shot of the new pickup prototype. Or, what Musk called a “cyberpunk truck.”
Details of the new truck aren’t entirely clear. What we do know is that Musk has said the vehicle has a “really futuristic” design that borrows some inspiration from “Blade Runner.” Musk has also said the company would like to make it a bigger pickup, with six seats and a battery that can take it up to 500 miles or more on a single charge.
Tesla is expected to turn to the truck after it finishes rolling out the Model Y, a crossover sport utility vehicle. In fact, Musk “promised” it in a recent tweet.
“Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost 5 years,” Musk said. “Am dying to build it.”
The news comes amid concerns about dwindling demand for the company’s luxury electric vehicles. The company delivered more than 30 percent fewer Model 3 cars in the first quarter of 2019 and in the previous quarter. Higher-end S and X models were down by roughly half.
How the California Lemon Law Protects Buyers, Lessors
Whether you’re waiting patiently for the new Tesla pickups or buying a new vehicle today, you have the right to get a car that actually works. Sadly, however, many manufacturers allow vehicles to leave the assembly line with significant flaws. Those defects, which are often difficult to detect, can raise serious safety hazards.
That’s why an important California consumer protection law offers some protections to car buyers and lessors. The California lemon law applies to vehicles under warranty with certain defects that the carmaker has been unwilling or unable to repair through reasonable attempts. In those cases, the manufacturer is required to refund the buyer or lessor for the purchase price, monthly loan payments, and other related expenses like repair costs and towing expenses. The manufacturer may also give the buyer/lessor the option of taking a replacement car.
The law also puts the carmaker on the hook for attorney fees and other legal expenses that you incur in successfully pursuing your rights.
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