New York Times editor admits that Tesla test drive had some problems

Article by Christian A., on February 21, 2013

Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s faith in the New York Times has been restored after the paper’s public editor, Margaret Sullivan, said that the auto critic who lambasted the Tesla Model S had taken inaccurate notes, making criticism against him valid. Musk asserted that the critic, John Broder, “changed the facts” when they didn’t correspond to what he thought about EVs.

Musk went on Twitter to applaud the editor’s statement. Last Sunday, Sullivan wrote that Broder started the 200-mile test drive in “good faith” and that there were no bad intentions. Musk had previously said that Broder faked his story. The test drive started at the Tesla’s new supercharger in Newark, Del., and was set to end at its other supercharger in Milford, Conn. Tesla is set to present its earnings report for the latest quarter on Wednesday.

Broder has been defensive, asserting that Tesla failed to provide precise instructions on how to maximize the driving range, on the effect of cold climate on battery strength, or how to optimize the Superchargers or the lower-power charging ports along the route that the public could access.

Musk had been wary of Broder’s motives with a string of graphs that point out the speed, battery charge and distance on the journey in defense of the Model S. In a blog last week, Musk wrote that the company was “upset” about the article since it isn’t an accurate representation of Tesla technology, which was designed and tested to run well in any type of weather.

Sullivan said that Broder’s issues originated from poor judgment that was “instrumental in this saga’s high-drama ending.” She also said that these “casual” notes can’t be any match for the automaker’s digitally recorded driving logs.

Sullivan said that she had held meetings with several people that include Broder, Musk, two key Tesla employees, other Times journalists, the tow truck driver who picked up the Model S and a Tesla owner in California.

She said that several owners and media organizations had conducted successful test drives in the past few days, proving that the charging stations work. The only difference is that they didn’t do their test drives during one of the coldest days of the year.

If you liked the article, share on:

Pin It

Comments

Recommended

The German automaker Volkswagen is now racing against time to come up with electric vehicles that will be able to pass Europe and China's stringent emission standard. The car company...
by - March 22, 2017
In the last few years, the advent of compact sedans and crossovers has become quite overwhelming. Even two of the major manufacturers that “started it all” have to admit that...
by - March 22, 2017
By 2020, Audi will be throwing out not just one but three fully-electric vehicles. One of which will be pitted against the BMW i8. This new information was revealed by...
by - March 22, 2017
Tesla confirms that they will be discontinuing the fairly new Model S 60 and 60D sedans as soon as next month. Why, you ask? The company wants to make enough...
by - March 22, 2017
Have you ever wondered how much luxury car companies profit from every vehicle they sell? And which companies profit more? Well, in 2016, Porsche sold over 238,000 vehicles. That is...
by - March 22, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries