Another Lawsuit Over Tesla Model S P85D True Output Surfaces In Norway

The Tesla Model S is becoming somewhat of a controversial car in Norway. The electric automaker is facing another lawsuit in the country, as Model S P85D owners are suing Tesla on the basis of false advertising, reports Dagens Naerlingsliv.

Towards the end of 2016, 126 Model S P85D owners in Norway sued Tesla, claiming the electric sedan only produces 469 horsepower instead of the claimed 691 hp. The latest lawsuit, which has 79 plaintiffs, claims that the automaker misrepresented the EV’s performance figures.

The latest batch of drivers are looking to get the same settlement as the previous owners, which saw each car Model S P85D owner receive 65,000 Norwegian crowns ($7,700) in an out-of-court settlement. Some, though, opted to get a smaller payout in addition to receiving upgrades to their Teslas.

“It’s the same kind of case that ended up in a compromise the last time,” said the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Christoffer Falkeid. “It’s about the power of the car and the mistakes in marketing and in the sales process, but I do not want to go into amounts.”

While there’s a substantial gap between a car that has 469 hp and one that has 691 hp, there’s a simple reason for the discrepancy. As Teslarati points out, the Model S P85D has a dual motor configuration. The front motor is rated by Tesla to make 221 hp, while the back generates 471 hp, giving the electric car a combined rating of 691 hp.

Unfortunately for Tesla, in Norway this constitutes false advertising, leading to the lawsuits. The trial will take place at the Oslo District Court in June and is expected to last six days.

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  • Vassilis

    This is so stupid.

    • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

      Like the stupid dieselgate, who cares

      • LWOAP

        A lot of people care because some people like to get what they paid for. If you falsely advertise, this is what happens. Now perhaps this could have been avoided if Tesla pointed out that each motor produced a different amount of horsepower. Oh, and when you cheat on emissions tests you get punished. I know it’s hard for you to understand but that’s what happens in the real world.

      • Axiom Ethos

        Yeah because horsepower rating wording and straight up engineered lying to pollute the air more are real similar.

  • Craig

    If I’m reading this right….. perhaps Tesla should offer each of them $7,700 and REMOVE and keep [for themselves] the 221 hp front motor.

    • Dennis James

      Maybe the front engine is only used in certain conditions, not all the time.

  • Kagan

    Good! Let them have it for false marketing!

    Missleading article, the problem is that Tesla combines the both engines outputs but they can not use their maximum outputs in the same time. It is a huge difference between 469 and 691.

  • smartacus

    Vanilla Musk will publicly blame the owners again…still
    Saying the car was never designed or intended to be dyno’d.


    Well, whether you think this is dumb or not, Tesla is still on the hook for this. At least in Norway. This probably could have been avoided to be honest.

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