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Tesla Slapped Fine Of $2.2 Mln By South Korea For Overstating Driving Range Of EVs

Tesla Slapped Fine Of $2.2 Mln By South Korea For Overstating Driving Range Of EVs
The South Korean antitrust regulator announced a 2.85 billion won ($2.2 million) fine against Tesla Inc for failing to inform customers about the shorter driving range of its electric vehicles (EVs) in cold weather.
According to the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC), Tesla exaggerated the "driving ranges of its cars on a single charge, their fuel cost-effectiveness compared to gasoline vehicles, and the performance of its Superchargers" on its official local website from August 2019 until recently.
The driving range of the US EV manufacturer's cars drops by up to 50.5% in cold weather compared to how it is advertised online, the KFTC said in a statement on Tuesday.
There was no comment on the issue from Tesla.
Tesla provides winter driving tips on its website, such as pre-conditioning vehicles with external power sources and using its updated Energy app to monitor energy consumption, but it does not mention the loss of driving range in sub-zero temperatures.
Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty, a South Korean consumer group, said in 2021 that in cold temperatures when batteries need to be heated, the driving range of most EVs drops by up to 40%, with Tesla suffering the most, citing data from the country's environment ministry.
Last year, the KFTC fined Mercedes-Benz and its Korean subsidiary 20.2 billion won for false advertising concerning the gas emissions of its diesel passenger vehicles.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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