Tesla is fined millions of dollars for false advertising

Tesla has been fined $2.2 million by the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) for false advertising regarding its range.

Last year, we reported on the KFTC launching an investigation into allegations that Tesla violated advertising laws by overstating the range of its electric vehicles.

Korea uses the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), and therefore, Tesla uses the same range as it advertised in most other markets other than in North America, where it uses the EPA-rated range.

However, the KFTC’s main issue appeared to be the range drop in cold weather.

Now, the KFTC has announced that it is imposing a 2.85 billion won ($2.2 million) fine on Tesla for not clearly stating that its range might drop significantly in cold weather.

Following the decision, Tesla has now remedied the situation by adding fine print where the range is displayed on its website:

The new disclosure reads:


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New Law Bans Elon Musk’s Tesla From Advertising as ‘Full Self-Driving’

Tesla’s Autopilot feature is clearly not an autopilot, and SB No. 1398 wants to make that even clearer.

Apparently not everyone knows that Teslas aren’t actually full self-driving cars. A new California law going into effect in 2023 will prohibit Tesla (and other auto manufacturers) from marketing its driver assistance tech as completely autonomous if that’s not actually the case.

Senate Bill No. 1398 was sponsored by Democratic State Senator Lena Gonzalez and proposes a reform to the way both California car manufacturers and dealers advertise and sell driver assistance. The law states that car manufacturers and dealers must offer consumers a “clear description” of the function and limitations of semi-autonomous driver assistance features, per a fact sheet.

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That’s a Tesla subtweet if I’ve ever seen one. The company has claimed that its cars could be connected to a system called Full Self-Driving for several years now, but

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California Bans Tesla From Marketing Its EVs As “Full Self-Driving”

California has passed a new law going into effect in 2023 that bans Tesla and other automakers from advertising their vehicles as “fully self driving.”

The Senate Bill (SB) No. 1398, sponsored by Democratic state senator Lena Gonzales, effectively prohibits Tesla from using the Full Self-Driving (FSD) name for its Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) package.

“A manufacturer or dealer shall not name any partial driving automation feature, or describe any partial driving automation feature in marketing materials, using language that implies or would otherwise lead a reasonable person to believe, that the feature allows the vehicle to function as an autonomous vehicle, as defined in Section 38750, or otherwise has functionality not actually included in the feature.”

California Senate Bill 1398

The new law states that auto manufacturers and dealers are prohibited from “deceptively naming, referring to, or marketing” a car as self-driving if it’s only equipped with partial

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