Consumers in Norway have a need for speed with the Tesla Model S.
A few months ago, we reported on what was one of the most bizarre car-related lawsuit ever. Over in Norway, some disgruntled drivers sued Tesla. The reason? They felt their cars were too slow. While the Tesla Model S was being advertised as a 691-hp electric sedan, consumers were reporting it was only achieving 469 hp and were seeking monetary reimbursement for being misled. In contrast to fuel-powered cars, the power of the Model S is distributed by two electric motors to bring a combined total of 691 hp.
The case was due to go to court next week, but Reuters has reported that the case has been withdrawn because Tesla has reached an out-of-court settlement with the 126 Norwegian customers, according to a lawyer representing the car company. The exact settlement wasn't disclosed, but a Norwegian business newspaper has said that Tesla agreed to pay around $7,700 to each car owner – half of their original request. Tesla also offered consumers to choose from alternative options, including car upgrades. The electric car maker has yet to comment on the case, however. No doubt the debate regarding electric car horsepower figures will continue.
Here's the original statement from Tesla regarding the dispute: "Testing done by Tesla and independent third parties has demonstrated that the Model S P85D's acceleration and motor power numbers have always been accurate, even understated. With respect to acceleration, Tesla described the P85D as having a 0-100 kph time of 3.3 seconds, and Motor Trend and others actually achieved a time of 3.1 seconds. Similarly, the motor power numbers used by Tesla were legally required and confirmed as accurate by European regulatory authorities. Based on this information, the Consumer Council previously resolved these issues in Tesla's favor."