Tesla under investigation by Korea Fair Trade Commission for overstating range estimates


Tesla has been notified by South Korea’s antitrust regulator that they are investigating the automaker over claims it may have overstated the range estimates of its vehicles.

According to the Tesla Korea website, the Model 3 Long Range can travel 528km (328 miles) on a single charge.

The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) says that is not accurate when driving in cold weather.

As a result, the KFTC sent a report to Tesla which stated the automaker is in violation of the Act on Fair Labeling and Advertising.

According to the Yohap News Agency, the two parties will soon have a meeting which could result in sanctions against Tesla.

“We plan to hold a meeting to decide the level of sanctions against the automaker,” a KTFC official told Reuters.

While the agency is not incorrect in stating that a Tesla does not travel as far in cold weather, it would be next to impossible for Tesla to estimate driving ranges for all possible scenarios.

Any vehicle, electric or otherwise, will see an impact on range depending on weather, altitude, how many people are the in car, the tires being used, and many more other factors outside of Tesla’s control.

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