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Moriarty Bill to Establish Extended Warranty Protection for Consumers Buying Partial Zero Emission Vehicles, Hybrids Now Law

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Moriarty to strengthen protections for New Jersey consumers purchasing partial zero emission vehicles was signed into law earlier this month.

The new law (formerly bill A-4868) creates an extended performance and defects warranty for partial zero emission vehicles (PZEV’s). The extended warranty established under the new law is required to be, at a minimum, 15 years or 150,000 miles, whichever occurs first, except for a zero emission energy storage device used for traction power, including, but not limited to, a battery, ultracapacitator, or other electric storage device.

“Many residents are taking the leap to purchasing more hybrids and other environmentally friendly vehicles,” said Moriarty (D-Camden, Gloucester). “This is fairly new and can be potentially expensive technology to fix and replace for any car owner. To strengthen protection for consumers, the new extended warranty goes far longer than current state warranty requirements.”

The warranty period for a zero emission energy storage device is required to be at least 10 years. This extended warranty would be in addition to any other warranty provided at the time of the sale of the used or new PZEV.

The new law establishes PZEV extended warranty identical to the warranty currently required for PZEVs under California’s low and Zero Emission Vehicle Program.
The bill was signed into law January 16, 2018.