Tesla has agreed to pay out as a lot as $1.5 Million to settle Mannequin S battery-related lawsuit filed towards it and supply battery-related diagnostics and notifications for vehicles beneath guarantee each time battery repairs could also be wanted.
Some Mannequin S house owners claimed that the over-the-air replace Tesla pushed in 2019 diminished their most battery voltage, prompting them to take Tesla to courtroom.
Again in 2019, Tesla pushed an over-the-air replace to its Mannequin S sedans following an incident whereby the automobile caught fireplace in a Hong Kong car parking zone. As CNBC notes, it stated on the time that the replace will revise “cost and thermal administration settings” on Mannequin S and Mannequin X automobiles to “assist additional defend the battery and enhance battery longevity.”
In accordance with Reuters, the courtroom paperwork present that the software program replace affected 1,743 Mannequin S sedans within the US. The voltage limitation was short-term, however the plaintiffs skilled a ten % battery discount for 3 months and a seven % discount lasting for an additional seven months, the plaintiffs’ attorneys stated. Tesla rolled out the ultimate replace that totally corrected the problem in March 2020. Among the many affected automobiles, 1,552 had their max battery voltage restored, whereas 57 automobiles had battery replacements. The settlement paperwork stated that any automobile nonetheless experiencing battery throttling issues would have its most voltage restored over time.
An enormous quantity of the $1.5 million levied could be used to cowl attorneys’ charges: House owners are anticipated to get solely $625 every from the settlement. Affected house owners in Norway may get a a lot greater payday after a courtroom within the nation ordered the corporate to pay them $16,000 every to settle a lawsuit over the identical problem.