Tesla updates South Korean website following investigation by Korea Fair Trade Commission

Tesla has made changes to its website in South Korea to update the driving range of the Model 3.

While the listed range has stayed the same at 528km (328 miles), the automaker now says that is the “maximum” distance the electric sedan can travel on a full charge.

Previously the page said the Model 3 can travel “more than” 528km.

The change follows the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) announcing earlier this week it had notified Tesla that they were exaggerating their range of some of the vehicles, particularly in cold weather.

The KFTC said this was in violation of the Act on Fair Labeling and Advertising, and wants to meet with Tesla to discuss potential fines over the matter.

“The KFTC plans to give the automaker the opportunity to respond to our finding and then hold a general meeting to review and determine the extent to which the automaker has violated the law and decide the level of sanctions,” a commission official told Reuters.

Despite the investigation and possible fines, analysts in the country expect it to have little impact on Tesla’s sales.

Overall electric vehicle (EV) sales in South Korea nearly doubled in 2021, with both the Model 3 and Model Y topping the list of best-selling imports throughout the year.

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