The New York Times is rejecting Tesla Motors’ claim that its writer’s review of the Model S sedan was “fake.” Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk had recently revealed data that had supported the automaker’s claim. In a statement on Tesla’s website, Musk denies the contents of the article and said that the electric car that John M. Broder drove had never ran out of battery power.
In addition, Tesla said that Broder had driven the car faster than the article had stated. He cited the data devices on the $101,000 sedan. In an article on the New York Times website, Broder said that Musk had accused him of consciously sabotaging the test, something that he totally denies.
He revealed that he had driven normally at speeds that match the current traffic and wasn’t told before the trip that he will optimize the range by Tesla executives, which include Chief Technology Officer J.B. Straubel.
In an e-mail, Eileen Murphy, a New York Times spokeswoman, said that Broder’s story is “fair and accurate.” Tesla and the New York Times Co. are disputing one week before Tesla reports financial results for the fourth quarter of 2012 on February 20. Tesla is relying on Model S sales and the Model X crossover that is due to arrive in 2014 to contribute to its profitability.
Musk wrote that the company is “upset” by this article since it isn’t a factual representative of Tesla’s technology, which has been designed and tested to function well in various climates, whether hot or cold.
In a Twitter post on Feb. 11, Musk said that Broder’s story is “fake.” At the close in New York, Tesla had fallen by 0.4% to $38.30 today. The shares reported a 13% gain this year. In comparison, a 7% gain was reported for the Russell 1000 Index.