A New York consumer claims in a proposed class action lawsuit that Volvo Cars of North America, LLC and Volvo Car USA, LLC overstated the battery power of their XC90 T8 model vehicles. The plaintiff alleges that despite promises from the defendants that the gas/electric XC90 could be driven up to 25 miles solely on a battery charge—roughly the distance of “the average commute and daily errands for most people”—the cars do not come close to achieving such a distance, instead reaching only eight to 10 miles on a full electric charge. Moreover, the lawsuit alleges that while Volvo has since revised its claims to say its T8 model can hit up to 17 miles on a fully charged battery, that’s only achievable by driving 40 miles per hour on the highway—with all safety features turned off.
“As a result of this reduced electric battery capacity, [the plaintiff] is unable to complete his daily commute or everyday tasks without using the gasoline engine, which prevents Plaintiff from obtaining the cost saving effects of foregoing gasoline for local trips and the environmental benefits of operating solely on electricity,” the complaint asserts.
The plaintiff claimed he paid an extra $18,300 for a Volvo with an electric motor that does not perform as promised.