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.
In his article, Broder claims that "the car fell short of its projected range on the final leg." Then he bizarrely states that the screen showed "Est. remaining range: 32 miles" and the car traveled "51 miles," contradicting his own statement (see images below). The car actually did an admirable job exceeding its projected range. Had he not insisted on doing a nonstop 61-mile trip while staring at a screen that estimated half that range, all would have been well. He constructed a no-win scenario for any vehicle, electric or gasoline.
On that leg, he drove right past a public charge station while the car repeatedly warned him that it was very low on range.
Cruise control was never set to 54 mph as claimed in the article, nor did he limp along at 45 mph. Broder in fact drove at speeds from 65 mph to 81 mph for a majority of the trip and at an average cabin temperature setting of 72 F.