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Disgruntled Tesla Owners Say They Have Carried Out A Hunger Strike

The drivers spelled out the word ‘help’ with their vehicles.

Disgruntled Tesla owners say they have carried out a hunger strike.

A Norwegian group carried out their protest after claiming they have found multiple faults with their electric vehicles. The protest lasted for 24 hours, starting on Saturday, August 27 at 11:00 a.m. and ending Sunday morning.

A list of alleged complaints includes poor customer service, rust and bubbles in seats. The drivers spelled out the word ‘help’ with their vehicles.

After news of the hunger strike began appearing on social media, Elon Musk tweeted about fasting, writing “On advice of a good friend, I’ve been fasting periodically & feel healthier.” Although seemingly coincidental, some involved in the protest saw it as a “cruel subtweet” in reference to their actions.

Spokesman Erlend Mørch, 27, from Oslo, explains: “We are hoping to get Elon’s attention so he will start to pay attention to his Norwegian customers. Customers that love the car and many who want to continue being Tesla customers, but are plagued with endless repairs and an in many cases unresponsive support centers.”

A sign is posted at a Tesla showroom on November 5, 2013 in Palo Alto, California. Disgruntled Tesla owners from Norway say they have carried out a hunger strike.(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

In a speech at an event to mark the beginning of the protest, Mr. Mørch said: “Dear Tesla owners, the day has come. It is now our voices will be heard. It is now we reach our hands to the skies, and hope that the one who looks down on us–with his satellites–will hear our prayers.”

The Tesla Hunger Strike website lists 29 alleged problems owners have had with Tesla cars. It states: “Norway has the most Teslas per capita in the world. But a lot of customers are not happy. Norway is by far the number 1 Tesla country in the world. We are the canary in the coal mine. We are a group of dissatisfied Norwegian Tesla owners. We believe that if Elon Musk is made aware of our troubles, he will solve the situation.”

Norway, with a population of 5.4 million, has the world’s highest proportion of electric vehicles, with Tesla as the best seller. Nearly two-thirds of Norway’s new sales in 2021 were electric cars, and the country is aiming to become the first to end the sale of diesel and petrol cars.

Alleged complaints listed on Tesla Hunger Strike website:

The car won’t start in cold weather.

Door handles won’t open in cold weather.

Intense squeaking noise.

Car won’t start in warm weather.

“Bubbles” in seats.

Loose front seat.

Trunk lid filled with rainwater.

Autopilot does not work properly.

Internet is slow and does not work as it ought to.

The wipers do not work (well enough).

The car creaks when you pass speed bumps and other bumps in the road.

Decorative moldings loosen.

A Tesla model S sits parked outside of a new Tesla showroom and service center in Red Hook, Brooklyn on July 5, 2016 in New York City. Disgruntled Tesla owners from Norway say they have carried out a hunger strike.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The lights do not work properly.

The doors stop working properly.

Doors that open by themselves.

The computer does not work.

Yellow edges around the display screens.

Windows that do not close completely.

Systems reset on their own.

Problems charging.

Reduced power.

Rust problems on new cars (especially Model 3).

Poor paint quality means that the car has to be repainted.

You were promised free charging throughout the car’s lifetime, but the new charging stations do not fit the car.

Lower battery life than Tesla claims.

Problems with the air conditioner.

Not all problems are solved when the car is serviced.

Tesla promise to contact you, but you do not hear from them.

You have to wait on the phone for a long time before Tesla answers.

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