Bringing the data, Tesla's Elon Musk comes back at NY Times
Tesla's Elon Musk went to the data log to refute New York Times' John M. Broder's claims.
Tesla Motors Cahirman and CEO Elon Musk responded to a review of the Model S that ran in the New York Times Feb. 8 with a blog post this week that shows detailed logs of the New York Times reporter's journey in the all-electric car and accuses the reporter changing the facts.
Tesla claims the reporter falsified his account that the car ran out of battery power. And says he never "limped along at 45 mph" as he stated in the story. And that he intentionally let the battery run down, including doing donuts in a parking lot for half an hour and taking an unreported detour to Manhattan. Tesla also accuses the reporter of possessing "an outright disdain for electric cars."
Tesla said of reporter John M. Broder, "When the facts didn’t suit his opinion, he simply changed the facts."
Broder responded to Musk's accusations via twitter (prior to today's blog post by Tesla) that the account of the battery losing mileage overnight because of the cold was "fake." Broder, in his response, said the circumstances occurred as reported.
"When I parked the car for the night at a hotel, the range meter showed 90 miles remaining, and I was about 45 miles from the Milford Supercharger. As I recounted in the article, when I awoke the next morning the indicated range was 25 miles," Broder wrote.
Broder said he didn't top off the battery when he charged at one supercharger earlier in the trip because he wasn't aware of a "maximum range" setting that he would have needed to switch on that would have given him an additional 25 or 30 miles of range, he said.
"I was not directed by anyone at Tesla at any time to then switch to the Max Range setting and wait to top off the battery. If I had, I might have picked up an additional 25 or so miles of range, but that would have taken as long as 30 additional minutes," Broder wrote.
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