Norway awards Tesla owners $16,000 to compensate reduced battery capacity and charging speed

Following a software update in 2019, Model S and Model X vehicles manufactured before 2016 with 85kWh batteries, saw their range and charging speeds suffer.

Tesla will be forced to pay some Tesla owners in Norway following a 2019 software update which reduced range and charging speeds

The move, according to Tesla, was to “protect the battery and improve battery longevity”. A move similar to one taken by Apple a few years ago to also improve battery longevity. However the tactic resulted in owners losing up to 30 miles (50 km) per charge and a reduced charging rate at Tesla Supercharging stations.

Norway has become a huge market for the electric vehicle market. EVs have surpass gas powered vehicles and the popularity continues to grow. There are 10,000 Tesla vehicles within the impacted models and years, a tally which could surpass $160 million dollars in that country alone should all owner request the payment. Similar lawsuit and class actions lawsuits are starting to appear in various countries, including the US.

Read more about Norway’s EV market share https://www.electrive.com/2021/04/07/norway-registers-84-8-marketshare-of-plug-in-cars-in-march/

Read more about the Norway Tesla lawsuit https://www.pcmag.com/news/tesla-fined-16k-per-owner-for-throttling-battery-capacity-charging-speed