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Tesla to pay $1.5 million over battery throttling

Christian Fernsby |
The lawsuit alleging Tesla used a software update to throttle charging speed and maximum battery voltage on some Model S cars is over.

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The offending update was released back in 2019 and affected roughly 1,743 vehicles, according to plaintiffs.

Tesla has now agreed to pay the owner of each affected vehicle $625 as part of a proposed settlement.

Certain Tesla Model S cars experience drops in range of around 12 to 30 miles following the 2019.16.2 software update, which also reduced the speed of DC rapid charging at Tesla's Supercharger stations.

The owners’ lawyers did their own investigation and claimed that “voltage limitation was temporary, with a 10% reduction lasting about 3 months, and a smaller 7% reduction lasting another 7 months before the corrective update was released in March 2020. Following that second update, the vehicles’ voltage showed steady restoration over time.”

Tesla’s own data claims that 1,552 vehicles had their maximum battery voltage restored, while 57 vehicles had battery replacements. Other vehicles should see their maximum voltage restored over time, according to the court documents.


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