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Norway is forcing Tesla to pay $ 16,000 per plaintiff to reduce the range and speed of shipping their cars


May 24, 2021 23:26 GMT

Battery life affected after a “software” update on the Tesla Model S, which was manufactured between 2013 and 2015.

Norwegian justice forced Tesla to compensate every aggrieved customer in state territory with 136,000 kroner (more than $ 16,000) for lowering charging speed and causing a loss of autonomy in their electric cars by updating their “ software ” in 2019, according to reports The Internet Newspaper.

More than 30 Norwegian customers filed their complaints about reducing the battery life of their cars in court and they won the suit on April 29 in a default judgment, in the absence of a response from Tesla on the matter.

The 2019 program update affected Tesla Model S made between 2013 and 2015. About 10,000 of these cars were sold in Norway, and if all of their owners decide to sue Tesla, the company may have to pay a total of 1.36 billion kroner (about 163 million dollars).

The court order, announced on May 17, obliges Tesla to pay compensation until May 31. The company can also file an appeal in Oslo before June 17.

  • In 2019, a similar lawsuit was launched against Tesla in California, in which electric vehicle owners reported that their battery range was reduced by 40 miles. The Pretenders They argued The company has “tampered” with its software “in a fraudulent manner with the intent to evade its legal duties and obligations to repair, repair or replace batteries”.
  • On that occasion, Tesla confirmed in a joint statement with him Electric Its “software” updates aim to “protect battery life” and that a small percentage of its customers notice a “slight drop in range during charging”.
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