New York Times reporter John Broder responds to Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 18, 2013

New York Times reporter John Broder gave a detailed response to Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s accusation that he faked his report. Tesla allowed Broder to borrow a Model S to test its new "supercharger" network, which consists of rapid charging stations for those who are travelling through the east coast of the U.S. Broder wrote an article seen online and on print that he didn’t achieve anywhere near the range that Tesla had promised.

He also said that the car later had to be towed on a flatbed trailer after it ran out of power. Musk had verbally denied the article’s claims. He then provided detailed charts taken from a data recorder used in the Model S that Broder had borrowed. Musk said that Broder faked his story and that he didn’t fully charge the vehicle and had deliberately exhausted the car's battery.

Broder gave his response via the newspaper's Wheels blog, asserting that he did not "sabotage" the test. He further said that during his trip, he made about 12 calls to Tesla employees (who were named).

He expressed concern about the "declining range” of the car. In addition, he said that Tesla engineers had informed him every time he stopped at the stations that he had ample charge to finish his trip even if the car wasn’t charged fully.

The reporter said that the Model S had to be towed and that the tow truck driver was even on the phone with Tesla's New York service manager for "15 or 20 minutes." Tesla has yet to publicly respond to this post.

Notably, CNN succeeded when it conducted the same test, which is to drive from Washington, D.C., to Boston. The CNN representative said that he was worried about the range but that he was able to drive the 200-mile distance between the supercharging stations located in Delaware and Connecticut.

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