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.

Tesla Model S is the first completely electric sedan and is an automotive engineering marvel. Mixing function, safety, and economy, it has redefined everyone’s expectations for a vehicle of the 21st century with the highest safety ratings possible, the longest scope for any electric vehicle, and wireless software updates to continually improve it.

Tesla Architecture

Created on the Tesla base, the battery's floor placement provides the Model S with an amazingly low centre of gravity, extremely reducing the rollover risk, while still improving control and performance. With no engine, the Tesla Model S has a much bigger crumple zone than other performance sedans that will absorb the energy from a front-end collision.

Safety

Tesla Model S is among the safest cars to be found. A lot of this safety comes from the singular electric drivetrain sitting under the car. The Model S’s low centre of gravity minimises rollover risk. The Model S's safety record is confirmed by its NHTSA and Euro NCAP 5-star safety rating as well as its setting a record of the lowest possibility of occupant injury when tested in the United States.

Standard active safety features including automatic emergency braking, collision warning, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, and optional features like traffic-aware cruise control, autosteer, autopark, and summon, ensures that the Tesla Model S stays the safest car around.

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