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Tesla and the Times, or, Where the road hits the rub

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Tesla and the Times, or, Where the road hits the rub

Postby TheBookPolice » Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:53 pm

The issue so far:

John Broder of the New York Times drives and reviews the Tesla Model S electric car, recently named Motor Trend's Car of the Year for 2013.

Tesla, apparently wary of another Top Gear-style parody piece, installs drive monitors in the car to defend itself against false allegations.

Broder slams the car in his review; Tesla pulls the logs and issues a lengthy rebuttal of the review, using charts and graphs apparently downloaded from the Model S driven by Broder.

Erik Wemple's media commentary blog on the Washington Post's site takes issue with Tesla's claim that Broder had an axe to grind where electric cars are involved, and shouldn't have been assigned the review. Like him, I agree that that's a specious claim considering Broder's published history.

That doesn't change the fact that if, as claimed by Tesla, Broder drove in circles trying to get the battery to die before finally pulling up to the charging station, then he's in gross dereliction of his duty as a journalist.

The Times' Public Editor promises a response to the response later today.
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Re: Tesla and the Times, or, Where the road hits the rub

Postby ArturoBandini » Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:18 pm

Some other Tesla owners attempted to recreate the trip taken by NYT's Broder and claim to have been successful, albeit with some minor glitches.

EVs are different than ICEs, adjust your expectations accordingly.

And if Tesla fails, other EV-making companies will learn from the mistakes of Tesla and something better will result.
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