Volkswagen Teams With Tesla on Charging Infrastructure
In an era in which electric carmakers are competing with each other for a leg up on the burgeoning market, two manufacturers are teaming up.
Volkswagen and Tesla are working on a joint project to power the German carmaker’s new fleet of battery-powered vehicles. Tesla will supply Powerpack batteries for 100 VW charging stations across the country, according to Jalopnik. The partnership is meant to ease the amount of juice that those charging stations suck from the electric grid during busy times.
Electrify America, a Volkswagen subsidiary, is investing $2 billion into zero emission vehicle infrastructure across the country. That includes $800 million in California to build charging stations and other electric fueling groundwork. The plan was launched as part of a consent decree that Volkswagen entered into to resolve a federal lawsuit over VW’s emissions cheating scandal.
VW plans to use the Tesla batteries to fuel cars at charging stations during peak demand times. That, in turn, will loosen demand on the local energy grid, according to the company. VW says it will be able to charge electric cars at a clip of 20 miles per minute.
Federal regulators at the U.S. Environment Protection Agency in 2015 caught VW deliberately misrepresenting emissions information about diesel vehicles. The EPA also found that the company was and tricking vehicle emissions systems to give false reads. The fall out cost the company $25 billion.
Legal Protections for California Car Buyers
VW’s new line of electric cars promises to give drivers new options for going green. But fresh model roll outs often come with cars loaded with all kinds of defects. The good news for car buyers in California is that state law offers some important protections for anyone who gets stuck with a “lemon.”
California’s lemon law requires a car manufacturer to make certain repairs to vehicles while they’re under warranty. If those repairs aren’t successful, the manufacturer is required to replace the car or reimburse the buyer for the purchase price and related expenses. A California lemon law attorney can help buyers seeking to enforce their rights under the law.
How an Experienced California Lemon Law Attorney Can Help You
If you’re a California car owner who’s stuck with a lemon, it’s important that you consult an experienced lawyer to consider your rights and options. The California Lemon Law attorneys at the Bickel Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases across the state.
Our lawyers work aggressively to resolve these cases for the people that we represent. We do not charge upfront fees in most cases. Our offices are conveniently located in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with an attorney.