South Korea probes Tesla on suspicion of exaggerating mileage

Korea Fair Trade Commission reported to have told carmaker it misrepresented battery specifications in some models.

A logo of the electric vehicle maker Tesla is seen near a shopping complex in Beijing, China.
South Korea is investigating Tesla for allegedly exaggerating the mileage of some its models [Tingshu Wang/Reuters]

South Korea’s antitrust regulator is investigating US electric car maker Tesla Inc over allegations the company exaggerated the specifications of its batteries, an official at the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) said on Tuesday.

Yonhap news agency on late Monday reported the KFTC had sent a report to the electric vehicle (EV) maker stating that it had exaggerated the mileage of some of its models, including Model 3, in violation of the Act on Fair Labeling and Advertising.

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

Tesla, on its website, says its Model 3 can travel 528km (328 miles) on a single charge. The KFTC says however that the range may fall short of that should the temperature drop below freezing.

Analysts said most electric vehicles could generally experience some loss of driving range in cold weather.

Source: Reuters