Tesla (TSLA) Found Guilty of Throttling Speeds at Supercharging Stations

December 1, 2021 5:16 PM EST

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Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) has been found guilty of slowing down the supercharging speed of its Model S vehicles and has been ordered to pay $14,000 to affected car owners in Norway. Only Model S vehicles with 85 kWh battery packs seemed to be affected at that point. The 85kWh battery packs were discontinued in 2016. For most owners, the range drop happened after updating to Tesla’s 2019.16.1 and .2 software updates.

Tesla has indicated that they plan on appealing the decision.

Tesla owner, David Rasmussen, told reporters in 2019, “My 2014 Model S 85 was getting Rated Range of 247 miles until May 13. Now after the next update, it continued to drop to now 217 miles. This is an 11% drop in 5 weeks.”

Tesla admitted to marginally increasing charging time, and changes in the use of superchargers, but stated that customers were not entitled to any given charging pattern. Tesla claims that the update was carried out to increase the life of the cars. The electric vehicle maker released a new update to fix the range issue, yet a lot of owners still said that the Supercharging speed was very low.

Christian Hagen, the plaintiffs’ lawyer, said “My clients are satisfied that the conciliation council assumed that Tesla had reduced the charging speed, and that they did not have access to make this change. Our assessment is that the verdict is correct. However, since Tesla has signaled that they will take the case to the district court, it is not natural to comment on the case further.”

By Michael Elkins | Michael.Elkins@streetinsider.com

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