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Electric Vehicle Maker Tesla Denies Driver Complaints of Sudden Unintended Acceleration: Report

Last year on a Chinese couple driving their Tesla into a river and claiming it accelerated on its own

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A Tesla logo is seen in Los Angeles, California. VOA

Electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla dismissed the complaints that its electric vehicles may suddenly accelerate on their own, calling it completely false.

127 customers filed a petition complaining about Tesla automobiles accelerating all of a sudden and called for a federal defect investigation of the matter.

“This petition is completely false and was brought by a Tesla short-seller. We investigate every single incident where the driver alleges to us that their vehicle accelerated contrary to their input, and in every case where we had the vehicle’s data, we confirmed that the car operated as designed,” the company said in a statement on Monday.

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Electric vehicle maker Tesla has started rolling out holiday updates, including a “full self-driving sneak preview”, teased by CEO Elon Musk last week. Pixabay

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week said that it is looking into claims that Tesla vehicles have a defect leading to ‘sudden unintended acceleration’ after receiving a petition.

“We are transparent with NHTSA, and routinely review customer complaints of unintended acceleration with them. Over the past several years, we discussed with NHTSA the majority of the complaints alleged in the petition. In every case we reviewed with them, the data proved the vehicle functioned properly,” the company added.

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According to Electrek, several claims of sudden unintended acceleration involving Tesla vehicles have been made public over the years. The most publicized one involved a South Korean celebrity claiming his Model X accelerated on its own into his garage.

Last year on a Chinese couple driving their Tesla into a river and claiming it accelerated on its own. (IANS)

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Pre-Orders For Tesla “Cybertruck” Reach 5 lakh

The most expensive version of the truck, the Tri Motor AWDrive will be able to carry 3,500 pounds, tow up to 14,000 pounds and go from zero to 60 in 2.9 seconds

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After the unveiling, Tesla started taking pre-orders for the truck with a $100 deposit per reservation. Pixabay

Cybertruck Owners Club has claimed that the pre-orders for the Tesla Cybertruck have reached five lakh, an average of almost 6,000 each day since November 2019.

After the unveiling, Tesla started taking pre-orders for the truck with a $100 deposit per reservation, news portal Electrek reported on Thursday.

As per report, around 17 per cent of reservation holders want the single motor Cybertruck, which is the less expensive version starting at just $40,000.

The rest 83 per cent want the dual motor and tri-motor versions which starts at about $50,000.

The truck will come in three versions with 250 miles, 300 miles and 500 miles of range, respectively.

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Cybertruck Owners Club has claimed that the pre-orders for the Tesla Cybertruck have reached five lakh, an average of almost 6,000 each day since November 2019. Wikimedia Commons

The most expensive version of the truck, the Tri Motor AWDrive will be able to carry 3,500 pounds, tow up to 14,000 pounds and go from zero to 60 in 2.9 seconds.

It comes with six seats and features armoured glass and ultra-strong panels that are made of the same alloys found on spacecraft.

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Production of the tri-motor variant of the cybertruck is expected to begin in late 2022. (IANS)