Three Tesla users sues the company in a U.S. District Court for allegedly inflating mileage


Tesla, an electric car company, has been sued in the U.S. for allegedly inflating mileage. On Wednesday, three Californian car owners took legal action against Tesla. They allege that the company has made false claims and faked the range estimates of its electric cars. The lawsuit was filed at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The three Tesla owners are hoping to upgrade the case to a class action so that all owners of the new Model 3, Model S, Model Y, and Model X in California can join the case and seek damages. The specific amount for damages being sought is not known for now.

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Plaintiffs allegation

The plaintiffs claim that the three Tesla models do not hit the advertised mileage. They also claim that Tesla knows about this but it continues to advertise the inflated mileage in order to gain a rivalry advantage over other brands. The lawsuit seeks damages for the plaintiffs and a court order requiring Tesla to stop inflating the mileage of its cars.

The lawsuit refers to a recent Reuters article alleging that Tesla CEO Elon Musk instructed his team to provide an “optimistic” range estimate to attract users to buy the car. However, many owners have filed complaints about the car’s range and overburdened service centres. In response, Reuters claim Tesla created a “Diversion Team” in Nevada to reduce the number of range-related cases.

The lawsuit alleges that Tesla violates the terms of the car warranty and commits fraud. It also claims that the practice by Tesla is unfair to other brands and to users. Adam Edwards, an attorney at Milberg Coleman Bryson Phillips Grossman, a law firm representing Tesla owners, said in a statement … “In simple terms, Tesla has a duty to deliver a product that performs as advertised,”

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The three plaintiffs cited scenarios in which their Tesla cars did not have the range advertised. They said that they filed complaints with Tesla but did not get any favourable response. One of the plaintiffs is James Porter, a Model Y owner in Petaluma, California. Porter cites a trip in which he “dropped about 182 miles” of range even though he only drove 92 miles. The lawsuit says

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“If Tesla had honestly advertised the range of its electric cars, users would either not buy Tesla’s Model cars, or would pay less for them,”

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Final Words

In response to this lawsuit, Tesla released a statement saying that it has informed its lawyers about the case. In order words, Tesla neither accepted nor denied the claims made by the plaintiffs. Tesla users have made serious allegations against the company. The company’s initial statement is just a confirmation that it is aware of the case and its lawyers are on it. However, in the coming weeks, we expect the company to release a robust statement with regard to the lawsuit. When the company releases its statement, we can then have Tesla’s own side of the story and wait for the court to pass judgement on the case.

At the moment, the case is in court and we can not tell whether or not the allegations are true or not. The court will have to decide that. As Tesla continues to innovate and push the boundaries of what is possible in the electric car industry, it is likely that it will continue to face legal issues along the way. Please note that this is a lawsuit and like all lawsuits, only what the court, plaintiffs or defendant (in this case Tesla) makes available is known. We have reported the basic information that is available about the case at the moment. We will bring more details as they are made available either by Tesla, the plaintiffs or via court proceedings.

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