Tesla CEO calls NY Times’ review of Model S range as “fake”

Article by Anita Panait, on February 13, 2013

Tesla Motors Inc.’s chief executive Elon Musk called ‘fake’ a review published by The New York Times, saying that the range of its Model S sedan was reduced by cold weather. The Times published on Feb. 8, 2013, a first-person review by John M. Broder on the range of the Model S in cold weather.

Broder wrote that the Model S he tested failed to meet its 300-mile (483-kilometer) published range "under ideal conditions" while cruising in temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit (minus-12 Celsius). Broder conducted the test drive on Interstate 95 on the US East Coast.

Broder’s review sent Tesla’s shares tumbling down 82 cents to $38.42, down at Monday’s trading closure. In a CNBC report, Musk said that Tesla will soon publish a blog that will detail what actually happened on Broder's "range test."

In a Twitter post, Musk said that they are lining up other journalists to do the same drive. He remarked that vehicle logs tell the “true story” that Broder did not actually charge the Model S’s battery to the its maximum capacity and that The Times reviewer took “a long detour."

The Times also published a blog post by Broder about the range test on the same day, Feb. 8. Tesla has disclosed it will produce at least 20,000 Model S units this year at its Fremont site in California.

It also will add the Model X electric sports utility vehicle in 2014. Tesla is hoping that its Model S electric vehicle would help make it to become profitable.

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