Tesla, though, reportedly went farther by promoting range estimations that weren't grounded upon reality.

even going so far as to manipulate the range estimation software on its vehicles.


Reuters claims that "a person familiar with an early design of the software for its in-dash readouts"

claimed that Tesla's range metre would provide "rosy" estimates of the maximum distance a car could drive on a full battery.

When the battery's charge fell below 50%,

To prevent really leaving drivers stranded with a dead battery, the projection would change to a more accurate figure.

Drivers who observed the abrupt transition, however, believed there was a problem with their vehicles.

likewise set up service appointments. The "Diversion Team" stepped in at that point.