Tesla is facing a potential penalty by South Korea’s antitrust regulator. After the last found that the electric car maker is exaggerating the specifications of its batteries.
An official in the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) said that the giant automaker has violated the Act on Fair Labeling and Advertising. When it exaggerated the mileage of some of its EV’s, like Model 3.
An unnamed official told Reuters. “We plan to hold a general meeting to review and determine the extent to which the automaker has violated the law and decide the level of sanctions,”.
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As an example, Tesla‘s website says that the Model 3 has the capacity to travel 528 km (328 miles) on a single charge. While KFTC says that is not true, the range may fall shorter if the temperature drops below freezing.
However, some Analysts said that generally most electric vehicles could lose an amount of their driving range during cold weather.
When someone wants to purchase Tesla cars online in South Korea, the company requires the customer to pay a deposit of $84 (100,000 won). But, according to Yonhap news agency none of the deposits for the canceled orders were refunded.