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Lawsuit claims older Tesla’s battery capacities are being artificially lowered

first_imgTesla sued by family of Florida man killed in Autopilot crashThe lawsuit counters that Tesla “chose to go behind the backs of its customers and use software updates and throttling of the battery to avoid liability” in the wake of these vehicle fires involving the overcharging of lithium batteries. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending Videos RELATED TAGSTeslaSedanLuxuryElectric CarsElectric VehiclesLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The automaker’s defense notes the software update was made after a Model S caught fire in Hong Kong; the incident prompted Tesla to revise its charging and thermal management settings “to help further protect the battery and improve battery longevity.”RELATED ‹ Previous Next › PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca center_img Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 You wouldn’t know by looking at it, but this Tesla Model S P80D can drive itself See More Videos Owners have also alleged the reduction in battery capacity has lowered the value of their vehicles. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever advertisement Trending in Canada A lawsuit recently filed by the owner of a Tesla Model S alleges the California EV manufacturer is artificially limiting the capacity of older Tesla models so it would avoid having to replace defective batteries, Reuters reports.“Under the guise of ‘safety’ and increasing the ‘longevity’ of the batteries of the Class Vehicles, Tesla fraudulently manipulated its software with the intent to avoid its duties and legal obligations to customers to fix, repair, or replace the batteries of the Class Vehicles, all of which Tesla knew were defective, yet failed to inform its customers of the defects,” the lawsuit alleges.It goes on to say that potentially “thousands” of owners of older Tesla models have had their battery driving ranges lowered by as many as 64 kilometres following a recent over-the-air software update. Plaintiff David Rasmussen’s 2014 Model S 85 says his battery capacity fell by about 8 kWh, but that he was told by Tesla the degradation was normal. Other owners have said their cars no longer charge to 100 per cent. last_img read more