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Lemon Law and Electric Vehicles: What EV Owners Should Know

Owners Should Know

Californians are buying electric vehicles (EVs) in record numbers these days. While this is potentially great news for the environment, the sudden wide-scale implementation of this technology could mean a higher risk of design and manufacturing defects compared to legacy models, potentially causing major headaches for consumers. If you bought a defective EV in California, it’s essential to understand your rights under the California Lemon Law.

CCA – TheLemonFirm proudly represents consumers in Lemon Law claims and can assist you in holding EV makers accountable for defects. Read on to learn crucial information on EV owners’ rights under the California Lemon Law and how we can help you recover fair compensation for your trouble. Read on to learn more.

Essential Elements of the California Lemon Law

Let’s start by breaking down the basic protections of the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, popularly called the “Lemon Law.” This law is a shield for anyone who buys consumer goods in California, including cars. The Lemon Law automatically assumes every new car sold or leased in California comes with a promise that it will work correctly, fit its intended use, and match the quality of similar cars. If your car needs multiple repairs for the same serious problem, this law could help you get a refund or a new vehicle from the manufacturer.

Common Defects with Electric Vehicles

Many people buy EVs for their innovation and environmental benefits, but those innovations also mean that their kinks haven’t been worked out yet. According to a report from CBS News, EVs have 80 percent more problems than traditional gas-powered cars, with that number rising to 150 percent for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

The biggest problems with EVs involve the battery and charging systems, which are crucial for the vehicle’s operation but have shown significant reliability issues. Additionally, the fit and finish of body panels and interior parts have been points of contention with some manufacturers, indicating a learning curve for assembling these innovative vehicles. PHEVs have even more potential problems due to their dual-engine systems that combine traditional and electric drivetrains, which introduces complexity and a greater number of things that can go wrong.

Contact Our California Lemon Law Attorneys Now

You don’t need to suffer through constant repairs if you bought a defective electric vehicle. CCA – TheLemonFirm can file a Lemon Law claim on your behalf and help you fight for fair compensation for the trouble you’ve gone through. We’ll handle all the legal work so you can get back on the road as soon as possible. Call us today or complete our contact form for a free consultation.

About the Author
Sepehr Daghighian is a partner with CCA that is well-versed in all aspects of lemon-law litigation. A 2005 graduate of Loyola Law School, Mr. Daghighian has been practicing litigation throughout the state of California for over 13-years. In this time, Mr. Daghighian has advocated on behalf of California consumers in hundreds of lemon law cases throughout our great state. Mr. Daghighian has also successfully tried numerous such cases to verdict in both Federal and State Court.