Elon Musk, Wall Street Hit Back at New York Times Over Model S (Update 1)
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Elon Musk wants The New York Times to eat his proverbial dust.
In a blog post, the Tesla Motors (TSLA) CEO has hit back at The New York Times (NYT) writer John Broder, accusing the journalist of bending the truth in a recent controversial test drive. "You are a news organization where that principle is of paramount importance and what is at stake for sustainable transport is simply too important to the world to ignore," Musk wrote in his scathing retort.
Last week, Broder published an article saying that, in a test drive, Tesla's Model S did not perform well under harsh weather conditions. Musk, a one-time executive at PayPal (now a division of (eBay (EBAY) ), sent out a series of tweets soon after the report was published, deriding the test drive was "fake." In his subsequent blog post on Wednesday, Musk cited data logs from the car's test drive, noting that Broder did not in fact run out of energy, among other charges, as the reporter claimed.
In an emailed response, The New York Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said, "As we have said previously, our story was fair and accurate. We plan to post a more detailed response to Tesla's latest assertions after we have had an opportunity to review them in detail."
TheStreet has reached out to Tesla to do its own test drive of the Model S.
Here are Musk's key points, as they appear in his blog post:
As the State of Charge log shows, the Model S battery never ran out of energy at any time, including when Broder called the flatbed truck.
The final leg of his trip was 61 miles and yet he disconnected the charge cable when the range display stated 32 miles. He did so expressly against the advice of Tesla personnel and in obvious violation of common sense.