Tesla has been found guilty of reducing charging speeds and reducing battery capacity following software updates in its cars. A Norwegian court gave this ruling. Around 30 car owners had filed a complaint in court against the company. In this complaint, the company was accused that after the software update in 2019, it also reduced the battery life of the car and its charging speed. The court asked the car company Tesla to pay $ 16,000 (about Rs 11.65 lakh) to each affected consumer as a fine.
In June 2019, those who bought Tesla’s Model-S car between 2013 and 2015 suddenly lost both the car’s kilometer range and battery capacity after a software update. The company then said that this was done to increase the safety and durability of the battery. After 16.1 and 16.2 software updates, these vehicles started experiencing this problem.
According to Norway’s news outlet Nettavisen, Tesla sold about 10,000 Model S cars in Norway. Therefore, this decision by the Norwegian court against Tesla has proved to be very expensive for Tesla. This decision was pronounced on 17 May. Tesla has been asked to pay the fine by 31 May or to appeal the case again by 17 June.
Electrek had said in its report in 2019 that Tesla car owners are facing problems of decreasing the car range after the software update. The report also said that of the models that were discontinued in 2016, only Model S and Model X were affected by this software update.
According to a report by Forbes, similar lawsuits have been filed against Tesla at many other places. In 2019, a case of collective action was filed in North California. It said that after software updates the range of older car models was reduced to 40 miles. The complaint also alleged that Tesla also tampered with the software to avoid legal obligations such as redress, repair and battery replacement to consumers.
Now Tesla has a few weeks left to file an appeal against this decision in Norway. If Tesla does not challenge the Norway court’s decision, the company will have to pay about $ 160 million (about Rs 1,160 crore) in damages.