Elon Musk refutes NY Times Tesla test drive report

Tesla CEO Elon Musk turned to Twitter to defend the Model S.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk turned to Twitter to defend the Model S. 

The New York Times ran a story Feb. 8 recounting a two-day test drive of Tesla Motors' Model S sedan along Interstate 95.

That's where Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) has recently installed fast chargers that, in theory, should allow Tesla drivers to get from Washington D.C. to Boston in an all-electric car without having to wait for an overnight charge.

However, the story details how the Model S died before the driver could make it between fast chargers.

This did not sit well with Tesla CEO and defender Elon Musk (@ElonMusk) who tweeted today: "New York Times article about Tesla range in cold is fake. Vehicle logs tell true story, that he didn't actually charge to max & took long detour."

Musk promised in a follow-up tweet that a blog detailing what actually happened is coming to Tesla's site soon, and that Tesla is lining up other reporters to do the same drive.

Musk spends much time and effort trying to disprove any potentially negative thing that comes out about Tesla (which, by the way, owns the loyalty and enthusiasm among Tesla drivers and wannabe-Tesla owners that most car companies would kill for). After BBC's Top Gear profiled the Tesla Roadster and drove it on a racetrack until the battery died, Tesla also spent an inordinate amount of time and effort refuting that report -- even suing the show.

Read more in the San Francisco Business Times.

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