Tesla found guilty of throttling batteries, ordered to pay owners $16,000 fine
A Norwegian court found Tesla guilty of throttling battery and charging speeds on purchased cars. Ordered to pay $16,000 to affected owners.
A court in Norway has found Tesla guilty of throttling older Model S vehicles' battery and charging performance. Ordering the California automaker to pay affected owners 136,000 Norwegian Krone ($16,000) as compensation.
The case came about as a result of 30 customer complaints reporting a sudden drop in range after updating to Tesla's 16.1 and .2 software updates. Affected vehicles were all equipped with an 85 kWh battery pack which ended production in 2016, with some owners reporting a nearly 11% loss of range nearly overnight.
With one customer, David Rasmussen telling Electrek that his "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."
The same court found Tesla guilty of throttling the DC fast-charging speeds for older vehicles. A move that Tesla initially dismissed, arguing that they did this to preserve battery longevity.
Despite over 10,000 vehicles likely being affected, Tesla has yet to respond to this case. As such, the 30 owners who filed complaints were awarded 136,000 kroner ($16,000) unless Tesla appeals the case, which the company has a few weeks to do.