Tesla Battery Troubles
Tesla uses lithium-ion batteries, the very same technology used in cell phones. You have likely noticed by now that even under the best conditions, over the years, a cell phone holds less energy than a new one even though the phone says it is charged to “100%.” Not only do Tesla vehicles have this problem, but the batteries suffer even greater degradation and reduced maximum energy capacity, whether through defect or software throttling. While this problem has existed since 2012, Tesla started mass sales of model S in 2014 so it is just now that the problem is becoming widely noticeable and serious.
Essentially Every Tesla Ever Sold Has, or Will Have, The Same Problem
Tesla warrants that it will replace the battery for free if the battery holds less charge than “the fleet standard” or if it retains less than 70% of original capacity during the warranty period. However, Tesla holds all power to determine “the fleet standard” or if the effective battery capacity is less than 70%. In the named plaintiff’s case, the battery regularly holds less than 65% original capacity, yet Tesla has determined the battery is retaining 94% original capacity and any loss is nominal. Consumers deserve better. The refusal to honor its warranty and otherwise manipulate perceived battery capacity prompted this suit.
Editor’s Note on the Tesla Lithium-Ion Battery Class Action Investigation
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