Disgruntled Tesla Owners Say They Have Carried Out A Hunger Strike

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

A Norwegian group carried out their protest after saying 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, Tesla boss Elon Musk tweeted about fasting, writing: "On advice of a good friend, I've been fasting periodically & feel healthier." Some involved in the protest saw it as a "cruel subtweet" in reference to their actions.

Disgruntled Tesla owners say they have carried out a hunger strike. The Norwegian group went on strike after reporting multiple vehicle faults. Spark AS, teslahungerstrike/SWNS/ Zenger

A spokesman for the protest, Erlend Mørch, from Oslo, explained: "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 in many cases unresponsive support centers."

In a speech at an event to mark the beginning of the protest, 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."

A sign is posted at a Tesla showroom on November 5, 2013, in Palo Alto, California. Disgruntled Tesla owners have called on Tesla boss Elon Musk to pay attention to his Norwegian customers. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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."

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. The striking group of car owners is from Norway, which has the world's highest proportion of electric vehicles. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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.

A list of complaints on the Tesla Hunger Strike website include:

  • The car won't start in cold weather.
  • The door handles won't open in cold weather.
  • Intense squeaking noise.
  • The car won't start in warm weather.
  • "Bubbles" in seats.
  • Loose front seat.
  • The trunk lid is filled with rainwater.
  • The autopilot does not work properly.
  • The 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.
  • 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 promises 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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This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.