Tesla Claims of ‘Fake’ Car Review Rebuffed by N.Y. Times

Boston, MA 02/15/2013 (wallstreetpr) – The New York Times reporter, John M. Broder, who reported a negative product review of accusations Tesla Motors Inc.’s new Model S sedan has refuted Elon Musk’s accusations that his story was fake.

Broder had reported a personal narrative of his test drive for the latest model of the Model S electric vehicle on the an interstate route between Delaware and Connecticut, in a NY Times article, which read that contrary to the car maker’s claims the vehicle was not fit to travel on long distance routes.

On the second day of the two day long test drive, the car shut off due to power shortage and had to be “towed back” to a nearby 480 volt recharge station on a flatbed truck, Broder claimed. Going by the company’s claims on its website, the car could have easily covered the distance with the amount of available recharge still it broke many times on the way.

Musk had refuted back saying Border did not follow the charging protocol correctly and also drove the car beyond its speed cap in the given hot weather conditions. He also said he would disclose the car’s data logger records to the public.

After a similar incident of bad product reviews few years back he had sued another TV channel. Losing that battle in the court of law he vowed, never again. The latest Model sedan cars are equipped with data logging systems that work almost like a black box on an airplane, recording charging time, battery status, recharge frequency and many other says during the travel and any detours.

Last day, the company reported on its official website that as per the data logs the EV was never out of battery even when border called for a flatbed truck. He disconnected the recharge cable at a range display of 32 miles even when he knew that the last part of his travel would last no less than 61 miles. It further said, Broder also drove faster than he claimed in his article, the logs show.

The article is not a factual representation of Tesla’s technology which is can operate in “both hot and cold climates” Musk wrote in the website post.

Musk’s broadest accuse me of having staged a sabotage “that is not so”, Broder wrote today in an article. I “drove normally” matching the speed of the prevailing traffic and was never briefed beforehand of any tips to enhance range by any of Tesla officials.

One of the display screens at the car’s dial said it was “shutting down”; the car did not even have “enough power— to even release —-the electrically operated parking brake”, Border details in his rebuff to the Musks post.

The shares of Tesla Motors Inc (NYSE:TSLA) were down 2.38% and currently trading at $37.39.

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