The US Department of Justice has launched a new investigation against Tesla. The accusation is that Elon Musk’s electric carmaker has exaggerated its range figures. The background.
Did Tesla deliberately exaggerate the range of its electric cars? This is the question currently being addressed by the U.S. Department of Justice. The background: The e-car manufacturer is said to have commissioned its own team to wipe out complaints on the subject of range.
Did Tesla exaggerate its range specifications?
Tesla, meanwhile, has confirmed the investigation in a statement to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, the U.S. Department of Justice has requested various documents – including those on range as well as personal benefits. The authority also requested documents on the so-called Autopilot as well as driver assistance functions.
However, the information does not reveal any specific details about the investigation. According to media reports, however, a connection with Tesla’s range specifications is obvious.
Investigations against Tesla accumulate
The news agency Reuters had already uncovered in July that the information on the range on the board computer was very optimistic. CEO Elon Musk had also personally ordered this. However, the investigations now initiated by the U.S. Department of Justice are not the only ones against the e-car manufacturer.
For already a few months ago, the authorities initiated proceedings for the alleged misappropriation of company funds. Elon Musk is said to have bought a private house through Tesla. In addition, accusations have been circulating for some time that Tesla was making misleading advertisements and promises about its Autopilot and driving assistance system.