In Norway, the court found Tesla guilty of deliberately reducing the charging speed and range of electric cars after a software update. If the car manufacturer does not challenge this decision, it will be obliged to pay compensation – 136 thousand kroons (approximately 16 thousand dollars) to the affected owners.
The problem became known back in 2019. Back then, the owners of the electric Tesla Model S and Model X with an 85 kWh battery complained that after the software update, the electric car’s range had dropped dramatically. Thus, the 2014 Tesla Model S, which covered 397 km on a single charge before the software update, and over the next few weeks after installing the new software, the power reserve decreased by 11%, to 349 km. Another problem after the software update was the decrease in express charging speed at Supercharger stations.
Tesla explained that this was done in order to protect the battery and extend its life. The company also assured that the decrease in the power reserve affected a small number of cars. However, this statement did not reassure the owners of electric cars and they went to court for compensation.
One of the lawsuits was filed in Norway. Recently, a local court ruled not in favor of Tesla, as it was found that the company actually reduced the charging speed after a software update. A Norwegian court ordered the car manufacturer to pay 30 electric car owners CZK 136,000 (about $ 16,000) each.
There are about 10,000 Tesla electric car owners in Norway who could potentially experience reduced range and long charging times. In addition to compensation, the car manufacturer faces a fine, the amount of which has not yet been determined. At the same time, similar trials are taking place in the United States.