Chinese authorities have asked Tesla to make improvements to a total of 1.1 million vehicles. However, this does not involve a classic recall, since the changes can be imported via software update. The models 3, Y, S and X that were manufactured between 2019 and 2023 are affected.
The Chinese authorities criticize two aspects of the vehicles in particular. One of them is a missing acceleration warning. For example, it is required that such a warning be issued if the accelerator pedal is pressed for a certain period of time. This official requirement is likely to go back to an accident in the province of Guangdong. There, a Tesla drove unchecked into a crowd.
Following the accident, there were speculations regarding whether the driver of the vehicle had mistakenly pressed the accelerator pedal instead of the brake pedal. However, such a mix-up has not been proven. Tesla has argued that the vehicle data indicates that only one of the two pedals was pressed, which makes the possibility of a mix-up less likely, as the driver should have noticed the high speed sooner or later and in the event of a mix-up with some probability from this moment stepped on the other pedal. Technical problems appear more likely.
Nevertheless, Tesla vehicles in China will now have to issue warnings if the accelerator pedal is pressed for an extended period of time. In this way, possible mix-ups are to be ruled out and their consequences mitigated.
Mode with less recuperation
The second arrangement aims to introduce a driving mode with less recuperation. So far, Tesla vehicles in China have been recuperating very strongly. When the accelerator pedal is released, there is a deceleration that in a conventional vehicle required a vigorous step on the brakes. This limits the driving possibilities with the Tesla vehicles. Now a mode is to be retrofitted in which the delay is less. In the future, drivers will have the option to select from two deceleration modes, providing them with more control over the vehicle’s braking process.