Test drive of electronic vehicle was wrong – TSLA

Boston, MA 02/12/2013 (wallstreetpr) – Tesla Motors Inc (NYSE:TSLA)’s CEO , Elon Musk, who also co-founded x.com (now commonly know as Paypal) says the results of range test conducted by a popular newspaper were not true. The article that detailed a personal account of the reporter’s  test drive of Model S  over the interstate95 “in cold is fake”, his twitter post stated.

The newspaper had arranged, what appears to be a sting operation aka a test drive of the electronic vehicle (EV), by a reporter John, M. Border.

The story of Tesla Motors Inc (NYSE:TSLA) and bad product reviews is not something new. But this time Musk is not just on a fury-trip as a popular newspaper accuses his new Model S- Sedan is no good, he is all set to respond with evidence. His company had filed a sue in 2011 when another TV show gave its first E.V. model Roadster an unflattering review. That suit was dismissed in February, 2012.

Musk said, he plans to “publish the actual logs in the car and its crystal clear”.

In an interview to a TV channel Musk said that Border, made three mistakes in following the protocol for a long route, cross-state drive. He did not charge the car appropriately, drove in Manhattan during rush hours and that too at a speed way above the maximum limit suitable for “top range”.

The vehicles have built in auto data-loggers, something like a black-box for cars. It allows the system to keep track of the routes taken and battery charging history.  The data recorded in the logging system is only disclosed upon “specific written permission from customers” however, after the defamatory reviews, it is kept intact for media, Musk added to his Twitter micro-blog.

The said article published on 8th February was followed by a personal blog post of the reporter both of which said the company’s claims about the range of the electric vehicle were unrealistic.

According to the company’s claims the $101,000 worth luxury car takes as little time to get across a quarter time as a Cadillac STS V would take. The Model S uses Lithium-ion batteries to feed the 416 horsepower Tesla Motors Inc (NYSE:TSLA)’s supercharger stations take 60 minutes to fully charge the batteries which can last for 300 miles of traveling.

The reporter conducting the test said the range and the charge frequency were far behind he the company’s claim and he had to make a stop many times as the battery charge faded away abruptly.

The shares of Tesla Motors Inc (NYSE:TSLA) were up by 3.68% and currently trading at $5.38.

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