Tesla slapped with major lawsuit as owners claim they lost range with OTA update
Tesla dominates the headlines when it comes to tech and cars. Given all the negative reporting and cult list status with the company, it's no surprise that when Tesla is in a headline, people's ears perk up a bit. This report is no exception.
A Tesla Inc. owner has brought about a lawsuit claiming that the company sent an over the air (OTA) update to older models, but limited the range on those specific vehicles. Why you ask? Well this all ties back to Tesla's battery fires. See if Tesla limited the range of potentially defective batteries, they would not have to recall those vehicles to do a costly replacement.
The lawsuit goes into far more specifics that this, but this is the potential drawback when companies send updates to cars wirelessly. They have complete control over the end product and you have to take them at their word.
The range stimy was reported to be as much as 40 miles. This doesn't sound like a lot, but when you consider that some Teslas have a range of only 200 miles after a few years of battery depletion, that's a 20 per cent range drop. Imagine getting 20 per cent less of a gas tank. Not great.
The report of the lawsuit comes at an interesting time for Tesla. When big names like Ross Gerber blindly shill Tesla without even looking into the company as a whole, you begin to get a cult like status and sphere of influence. Couple that with growing global hatred for internal combustion without fully seeing the data behind ICE vs. electric and you get a perfect storm of craziness.
Tesla battery fires have been well documented over the last few years because the cars and the company are under such high scrutiny from a public and legal stand point.
I've reached out to Tesla for comment, but have not heard anything in return. If I do, I will update this story with their response.