Tesla Hit With Class-Action Lawsuit Over Huge Solar Roof Price Hikes

Last month, Tesla revealed to its Solar Roof customers that it would be raising the price of the feature due to “added adjustments for individual roof complexity.” Since then, a number of customers have taken the company to court, including one Pennsylvania couple who claimed their initial contract went from $46,084.80 to $78,352.66.

Tesla, Inc. was slapped with a class-action lawsuit on Thursday claiming the California-based electric vehicle and clean energy company pulled a bait-and-switch on Solar Roof customers, Business Insider reported. 

The suit detailed that plaintiff Matthew Adams, an associate professor of clinical radiology at the University of California San Francisco, initially signed a Solar Roof contract in June 2020 and agreed to pay $71,662.06. 

However, when April rolled around, Tesla informed him that he would have to pay $146,462.22 – more than double the original amount.

Adams told Insider that a Tesla representative reached out to him about his contract and offered a free Powerwall storage battery – Tesla’s rechargeable lithium-ion battery. 

“Basically a $5,000 price cut off of the $76,000 price hike,” he said.