Tesla’s battery Range exaggerations have launched a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation.
Loud new Documents Tesla has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and said it is not the only one facing this previously reported Lawsuits over the range issue, but also an investigation by the DOJ.
Over the summer a report of Reuters claimed that Tesla intentionally inflated electric vehicle range numbers and that the company did so on the direct orders of its CEO Elon Musk.
When Tesla customers scheduled service appointments because they thought there was something wrong with their vehicle because it wasn’t meeting range expectations, the company did everything it could to avoid those appointments. Tesla had reportedly set up a special “diversion team” tasked with canceling as many range-related appointments as possible.
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As The Verge highlighted, most car manufacturers use very conservative estimates when reporting the range of electric vehicles. However, Tesla has done exactly the opposite. motorist has asserted these range claims the test and found that electric cars from manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes often met or exceeded government range estimates. When testing Tesla vehicles, the outlet found that the company’s claimed electric vehicle range was “on average twice as far from the label value as that of most electric vehicles.”
One of the biggest barriers preventing potential customers from buying an electric car is “Range anxiety,” or how far the car can travel before it needs to be charged. A company promoting a long-range electric vehicle would have an advantage over the competition and even address customer concerns about electric vehicles.
“Elon wanted to show good range figures on a full charge,” a source familiar with the Tesla range issue told Reuters at the time of the report.