New Tesla Class Action Lawsuit Over Its Steep Solar Roof Price Hikes
The Palo Alto, California-based corporation, Tesla, agreed to install a solar roof energy system at a fixed price but then failed to respect the deal and insisted that consumers pay a higher price.
Tesla’s Solar Roof
Solar Roof is marketed as the most beautiful roof in the market for using renewable solar energy to power a home. Every solar and non-solar tile is virtually indistinguishable in color and trims with a fully integrated design.
Solar Roof tiles are claimed to be three times stronger than regular roofing tiles and are designed to withstand all types of weather.
Additionally, customers can access their systems from anywhere globally through mobile monitoring, which is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
Several news outlets have confirmed that Tesla has been raising Solar Roof installation rates after signing contracts with homeowners. Customers who have been notified of the changes have the option of declining the new rate. However, one Pennsylvania couple has filed a class action lawsuit against the company for breach of contract.
Philip Dahlin and Mary Arndtsen, the lead plaintiffs, filed the class action lawsuit in September 2020. They alleged that they entered into a $46,919 contract for solar roof tiles. The plaintiffs claimed that six months later, Tesla increased the price to more than $78,000, citing a redesign of the device it had to install.
The lawsuit was filed in response to a rising chorus of customers alleging that Tesla increased their rates excessively—some by as much as 70%—after signing contracts for Solar Roofs and energy-storage batteries known as Powerwalls.
According to Dahlin and Arndtsen, they could not install traditional solar roof panels due to their homeowner’s agreement. As a result, they became interested in Tesla’s solar roof tiles in 2019 as an environmentally friendly option. According to the lawsuit, Tesla’s solar roof tiles are unusual in that they mimic regular roof tiles.
The Class Action Lawsuit
The couple said that they signed a deal with Tesla for the tiles after a Tesla employee came to their house to give them an estimate. The price included the solar roof tiles and Tesla’s Powerwall energy storage system.
They signed the contract in September 2020, paid a $100 deposit, and refinanced their mortgage to cover the remainder of the nearly $47,000 offer. According to the plaintiffs, the roof installation was expected to start within 180 days of signing the contract.
Additionally, they asked about the installation of their roof on many occasions during the next few months, and Tesla failed to meet the 180-day window outlined in its contract.
According to the class action lawsuit, Tesla demands the plaintiffs to pay more than twice as much for the Solar Roof that was formerly decided upon in the contract.
Tesla, in fact, raised the Solar Roof’s price from $30,139.20 to $61,255.25. The Powerwall’s price was also increased from $16,000 to $17,000.
The class action lawsuit claims that the plaintiffs were not the only ones duped by Tesla’s bait-and-switch, citing numerous sources and Elon Musk’s tweets about the redesign and price hikes.
The plaintiffs are representing other Pennsylvania customers who were also duped. They say Tesla has violated state consumer protection laws and are asking the court to award damages to Class Members.
Editor’s Note on Tesla Solar Roof Price Hike Class Action Lawsuit:
This article is published to inform you about the most recent class action lawsuit brought against Tesla, alleging that the company raises installation rates from what is already stated in their contract.
Case Name & No.: Dahlin, et al. v. Tesla, Inc, Case No. 2:21-cv-02020 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Products/Services: Tesla’s Solar Roof Tiles and Powerwall
Allegations: Tesla allegedly increases their installation rates from what is already in the contract
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