Tesla Fined $2.2M In Korea For Exaggerating Cold Weather Range

Korea's antitrust watchdog said Tesla failed to inform customers that its EVs offer shorter driving range in cold temperatures.

For neglecting to warn customers that its electric vehicles had a lower range in cold weather, Tesla was fined $2.2 million in South Korea.

According to the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC), Tesla overstated the "driving ranges of its cars on a single charge, 

their fuel cost-effectiveness compared to gasoline vehicles, as well as the performance of its Superchargers," 

which is why the 2.85 billion won ($2.2 million) fine is justified, according to Reuters.

Tesla allegedly made these false statements on its official local website from August 2019 until recently, according to Korea's antitrust commission. 

According to a statement released by the KFTC on January 3, 

the driving range of Tesla's electric vehicles decreases in cold weather by up to 50.5 percent compared to online advertisements.

On its website, Tesla provides winter driving tips, such as preconditioning vehicles with external power sources and using its updated Energy app to monitor energy consumption.

The automaker does not mention the loss of driving in sub-zero temperatures, though. 

The South Korean consumer organisation Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty claimed in 2021 

that the driving range of the majority of EVs decreases by up to 40% in low weather when batteries need to be heated. 

This claim prompted the KFTC verdict. The organisation said that Tesla EVs are the most affected in this regard, using statistics from the nation's environment ministry as support.