Tesla faces $163M payout to drivers in Norway following court decision

A Norwegian conciliation council has ordered Tesla to pay thousands of dollars each to Model S owners after it found that a software application update resulted in longer charging times, the Norwegian paper Nettavisen reported Monday. Chauffeurs eligible for compensation under the ruling will receive 136,000 kroner ($16,000) each.
Thirty Tesla chauffeurs brought a problem to the conciliation council in December 2020, citing that charging times slowed down after a software application update the previous year. The poorer efficiency affected Tesla Model S lorries produced between 2013 and 2015.
Tesla offered about 10,000 Model S cars throughout that time frame in Norway. That suggests Tesla deals with a general payout of up to 1.36 kroner ($163 million), Nettavisen stated.
Tesla did not react to the grievance prior to the judgement being released and it has till May 30 to pay the fine. The company has the opportunity to appeal the ruling to the Oslo Conciliation Board by June 17.
This is not the very first time Tesla has actually faced problems on charging speeds in court. A Tesla owner in 2019 submitted a lawsuit versus the EV producer in the Northern California federal court alleging scams and reduced battery variety following a software upgrade.
Norway leads Europe in the variety of EVs on the road, with battery electric cars accounting for 54% of all brand-new car sales in 2020, according to the Norwegian Road Federation. Audi e-trons were the most popular automobile sold, followed by the Model 3.