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Musk said he'll publish the driving log soon

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is ready to take The New York Times head-on over a "fake" review of the auto company's Model S sedan.

John Broder, a staff writer at The New York Times, recently tested out Tesla's Model S sedan on a road trip along the east coast. However, Broder’s final, published review spilled details of a failed trip and the many troubles the car gave him along the way.

The Model S sedan has an EPA rated 265-mile estimated range with an 85-kilowatt battery pack. This was the model provided to Broder for his road trip, and while other Model S testers were able to achieve about 300 miles under perfect conditions, Broder reported that the east coast's cold winter temperatures had severely depleted his charge on multiple occasions -- and bad advice from Tesla employees along the way only made matters worse. The car even eventually had to be towed.

Tesla Model S being loaded onto a flatbed after running out of "juice" [Image Souce: NYT]

Broder's report, released just last week, detailed a trip from the Washington area in Maryland to Norwich, Connecticut, with many stops in between including Newark, Delaware; New York City; Milford, Connecticut; Branford, Connecticut and Groton, Connecticut.

During his trip, Broder mentioned many instances where the battery suddenly depleted quickly and he had to call Tesla for assistance on how to maximize range between charging stops (which were about 200 miles apart from one another or less during the trip). He said he received different advice from different Tesla employees, and even bad advice from one that said to sit in the car for half an hour with the heat on a low setting in order to warm the battery after it depleted from an overnight stay in Groton.

At one point, the car even needed to be towed in Branford because the battery drained much sooner than anticipated.

When Broder published the article about his trip, Musk posted the following tweet:

Musk investigated the accusations by referring to the diagnostic data logged into the car from the actual journey. He discovered that the report wasn't entirely accurate, citing the car's data that suggests Broder was driving too fast at times, took a detour that he never mentioned in the article, and didn't charge the car completely.

Musk accused Broder of not following the car's instructions, which he was briefed on before the trip. The New York Times claimed he did.

“Our reporter followed the instructions he was given in multiple conversations with Tesla personnel,” The New York Times said in a statement. “He described the entire drive in the story; there was no unreported detour. And he was never told to plug the car in overnight in cold weather, despite repeated contact with Tesla.”

Musk said he would publish the driving log from the trip soon to prove that Broder lied in his report.

This isn't the first time Musk has gone after those who gave his company's vehicles poor reviews. In March 2011, Tesla's Roadster made an appearance on the UK car show "Top Gear," where the car overheated, had brake issues and had a range of only 55 miles on track conditions. Tesla sued BBC for libel and malicious falsehood, but an English court threw it out stating that the estimated ranges are always affected by driving conditions and that there was no basis for libel claim.

Sources: Bloomberg, The New York Times

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RE: Well -
By Nortel on 2/12/2013 1:31:52 PM , Rating: -1
You're thinking too much at a technical level. You have to be in the mindset of a normal petrol user. You park your normal car, let it sit overnight, get in and in the morning and it starts. Why should you have to plug in the car overnight? That is a huge burden and you must be near to a charging station/outlet or you are screwed.

RE: Well -
By Sazabi19 on 2/12/2013 1:41:09 PM , Rating: 2
This was farther into the trip. It says he stopped multiple times before this and that the stops were about 200ish miles away from each other, he already had to stop multiple times and recharge the car. He may have forgotten but that was his fault, not the cars. With driving an electric car and being briefed even he was fully aware it should have been plugged in. He knew all of this before the trip and should have planned (provided he was of moderate intelligence) out to be near an outlet.

RE: Well -
By PontiusP on 2/12/2013 2:07:58 PM , Rating: 2
"That is a huge burden"

Really? At a tech site? You must be very lazy, very overweight, or both.

RE: Well -
By Samus on 2/12/2013 2:36:47 PM , Rating: 2
Absolutely. Listen, this car, like all electric vehicles, has a target market that is not the average buyer.

Realistically anybody buying a $106,000 car is going to garage it daily, and in many cases, a heated garage. This isn't the kind of car you let sit on the street overnight on a daily basis in Brooklyn or Chicago...

I await the logs. If the guy didn't fully charge the car and reported the story this way, he should be fired. The NYT is better than this.

RE: Well -
By bobsmith1492 on 2/12/2013 9:21:38 PM , Rating: 5
The NYT? No, it really is not.

RE: Well -
By michael67 on 2/13/2013 1:52:55 AM , Rating: 2
Realistically anybody buying a $106,000 car is going to garage it daily

True, i drive secondhand $4000 Think City EV daily to work, next to my GS450h for long trips, (and two other cars for recreational use) and all my car's stands in the garage.

and in many cases, a heated garage.

Who the hell heats his hole garage, that just a real waste of energy!

I live in Norway and -4F or -20c is noting special, but i certainly have not my garage heated, but the battery pack in my EV will heat up when charging, also if its full, and if its cold, if you leave it on the charger it still warms up the battery.

Also my petrol cars here have a heating element in the engine block, to heat up the oil, that works on a timer.

But heating up a hole garage is just silly.

RE: Well -
By Manch on 2/13/2013 2:17:41 AM , Rating: 3
I live in Ræge bro. I have a heated garage. Floor is heated too.

The driveway at my friends house in Sola is heated in addition to her garage.

Neither one of us have an outrage electric bill.

RE: Well -
By mcnabney on 2/13/2013 1:03:02 PM , Rating: 2
Don't you mean $40,000, not $4000 Think City?

RE: Well -
By michael67 on 2/14/2013 9:55:36 AM , Rating: 2
Got it used for 4000.

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