The New York Times recently wrote a very negative review of the Model S Sedan from Tesla saying it didn’t keep a charge. Tesla’s CEO fired back with data logs proving the writer lied about the car’s ability.
In case you missed the recent Tesla Model S story from the New York Times, one of their writers recently did an independent review of the all-new Tesla Model S Sedan. The story was written by a John Broder and titled, “Stalled Out on Tesla’s Electric Highway”. To say it was a negative review would be putting it mildly. Broder began the article right off in the negative saying that the car under performed and that he was forced to turn off devices in the car just to make it to the charging stations.
Now Tesla has fired back at Broder's review and is questioning the statements he made in his story. Furthermore, Tesla has all GPS data and other highly detailed computer logs on the car showing Broder made up his claims about the car's inadequacies. In fact, it looks like Broder lied about the ordeal with the car just to make it look bad in the first place.
Tesla disproved Broder’s claims by showing the detailed system logs found in the car. In particular, they went over the recharge status alerts, cabin settings and driving style that were made by Broder.
Tesla’s blog article found on their homepage debating Broder's claims is titled, “A Most Peculiar Test Drive” and was written by Tesla's CEO Elon Musk. In it, Musk points out very clearly that Broder had it in for the Model S from the moment he was given the opportunity to drive it and took the opportunity to tell the world that it wasn’t worth the money and possibly dangerous to drivers.
“You may have heard recently about an article written by John Broder from The New York Times that makes numerous claims about the performance of the Model S,” writes Tesla CEO Elon Musk. “We are upset by this article because it does not factually represent Tesla technology, which is designed and tested to operate well in both hot and cold climates.”
Tesla brings up numerous bullet pointed facts when the car was in Broder's hands. Firstly, the data on the car shows that Broder never ran out of energy at any point of his test drive. In one of the more detailed bullet points, Tesla shows that Broder’s first recharge was only made up to 90%. At the second ‘Supercharge’ performed by Broder, Musk writes, "he deliberately stopped charging at 72%.” The facts go on to prove that when Broder supposedly ran out of energy he actually stopped charging at 28%.
Tesla’s CEO concluded his review on the story by asking the readers to look over the data supplied by Tesla. The car company has made a formal request to the NYT to investigate Broder's facts. Musk writes, “You are a news organization where that principle is of paramount importance and what is at stake for sustainable transport is simply too important to the world to ignore.”