New York Times writer sticking by Tesla mileage test, says to ‘stay tuned’

https://twitter.com/jbrodernyt/statuses/302086321458012161

As Twitchy reported, Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk took to Twitter to dispute John Broder’s account of his Model S running out of charge during a mileage test, leaving him stranded and in need of a tow. Musk called the story in the New York Times “fake” and said he had the car’s logs to prove it, further suggesting that Broder’s bias against electric cars led him to deliberately sabotage the test.

Broder doesn’t tweet often, but he made sure Twitter was aware of his response to Musk’s allegations. In short, he stands by his story, saying that a bitterly cold night sapped the battery, although he does admit to driving at 75 miles per hour for a stretch rather than the recommended 65. Technically, it does look like Broder broke the rules, but to be honest, there were a lot of rules.

Several of his colleagues at the New York Times have declared their membership on Team Broder.

https://twitter.com/nycjim/status/301319890931965952

https://twitter.com/MattBai/status/302154463819485185

https://twitter.com/eisingerj/status/302085215776563200

https://twitter.com/eisingerj/status/302143870643351553

Broder says he spoke to Musk before his review went online, and Musk suggested that charging stations should be closer together to account for weather conditions and traffic.

https://twitter.com/jackshafer/status/302180676017483778

Musk, on the other hand, has posted extensive annotated data logs and graphs on his blog. Richard Dawkins, most famous for not believing in God, is a true believer in the Model S.

https://twitter.com/RichardDawkins/status/302087407531073538

https://twitter.com/JeffreyGoldberg/status/302063396856156160

https://twitter.com/Ana_Global/status/302180860000628736

We’re not about to defend the New York Times against charges of bias, but it is strange to see an environmental reporter charged with deliberately making an electric car look bad.

https://twitter.com/visageofscott/status/302176986133053440

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Update:

Broder has posted his official response to Musk’s data logs and refutes Musk’s claims point-by-point.

https://twitter.com/jbrodernyt/status/302194115913859072

For example, Broder says the unexpected detour was not an attempt to drain the batter but to find a charger.

Mr. Straubel [Tesla’s chief technology officer] said Tesla did not store data on exact locations where their cars were driven because of privacy concerns, although Tesla seemed to know that I had driven six-tenths of a mile “in a tiny 100-space parking lot.” While Mr. Musk has accused me of doing this to drain the battery, I was in fact driving around the Milford service plaza on Interstate 95, in the dark, trying to find the unlighted and poorly marked Tesla Supercharger. He did not share that data, which Tesla has now posted online, with me at the time.

https://twitter.com/pkedrosky/status/302198459832885248

  • https://twitter.com/tweetyuo Tangchung

    With Tesla you have to drive and do calculus at the same time. I’ll pass.

  • http://www.theconservativevoices.com/ dmacleo

    they consider needing a charging station every 140-200 miles GOOD?
    good lord.

  • PrezNixon

    “We’re not about to defend the New York Times against charges of bias,
    but it is strange to see an environmental reporter charged with
    deliberately making an electric car look bad.”

    This is false. Broder’s usual beat is oil and gas industry stories. He’s no greenie.

  • http://twitter.com/Antillious Chris S

    I love the recharging stats of Broder they posted. So basically he didn’t recharge fully at the recharge stations. “I’m going on a all day road trip tomorrow, a quarter tank of gas should be fine.”

  • clbrown

    Oh, I especially enjoyed the “Dawkins” tweet…

    Dawkins is a religious fanatic of the highest order… but his religion is one where he, and those who are “aligned with him,” are the “God” figures.

    Dare to question the decrees from the liberal “on-high” and you’re a heretic. Isn’t that what Dawkins was really saying?

    What a blithering moron he is!

  • Maxx

    Sorry, but I can’t be motivated to buy a car that needs to be charged more often than my electric razor.

  • DrSamHerman

    What other “rules” are there to drive a Tesla?

    Do you have to read a specific dialect of Nepalese to understand the manual? Do you have to pray five times towards the nearest wind farm to allow the damn thing to start? Do you have to enter the exact latitude and longitude where the Andrea Doria was sunk?

  • bkeyser

    $100,000 POS.

  • George Washington Mclintock

    LOL at everyone saying the NYT(The NEW YORK TIMES!!! maybe only cons can appreciate the humor) has an agenda to suppress this crummy little electric go-kart that only the enviro-nuts would be caught dead in. How bad is this piece of junk if the NYT couldn’t spin it into a must-buy?

  • George Washington Mclintock

    LOL at everyone saying the NYT(The NEW YORK TIMES!!! maybe only cons can appreciate the humor) has an agenda to suppress this crummy little electric go-kart that only the enviro-nuts would be caught dead in. How bad is this piece of junk if the NYT couldn’t spin it into a must-buy?

  • Guest

    Top Gear exposed the Tesla,
    predictably, Tesla sued (and lost) TWICE….
    a factoid absent from their website.
    The principal issue was the range being nowhere near that stated.
    New York Times should expect threats of litigation anytime soon.

    • Matthew Morris

      Local Radio pointed out Tesla’s argument is in essence “Everyone’s lying, except us!”

  • RevDrEBuzz

    Well if Richard Dawkins says it’s so it must be so!!! Cuz he is an atheist!

  • Grandma HeadInjury

    So wait. Dawkins is converting to the Religion of Tesla™ from the Religion of Atheism™?

  • Grandma HeadInjury

    So wait. Dawkins is converting to the Religion of Tesla™ from the Religion of Atheism™?