Thetakedown of the New York Times' critical piece about the Model S and the company's Supercharging stations, based on the car's own logs. Why did John Broder drive in circles for a half mile in a parking lot?
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- I agree on the local angle and in fact considered a Volt a little over a year ago but decided not to because it would be too limited.
It will be interesting to see how this discussion plays out, but my impression is that it's going in the wrong direction for Tesla, drawing attention to deficiencies rather than benefits.Feb 14, 2013
- This is kind of silly, all this anxiety. The supercharger stations are being rapidly built out so you can indeed make those coast to coast Route 66-style trips. Musk has the money and the will to see this done and the Tesla made into what is promised. Your only compromise on trips is hanging out around the supercharger rather than filling and taking off. Probably a good thing, people required to take a driving break every 250 mi.
The only problem with the Telsa is the cost of buying one.Feb 14, 2013
- The irony here, is that I care so much about the outcome of this, but I won't be able to afford an electric car for 20 more years. (DAMN KIDS!!!)Feb 14, 2013
- The damn kids thing was tongue in cheek. I love my kids.Feb 14, 2013
- Didn't "Top Gear" do a similar, misleading review claiming that their 'conclusion' was to illustrate a potential problem with electric cars? It's sadly funny that there seems to be resistance to EVs - I'm trying to remember if I ever encountered such shenanigans with digital photography when it started to mature.Feb 14, 2013
- Yes, that was a related chapter, and it's why Tesla keeps logs of review cars lent to the news media now. I'm hoping for more detailed rebuttal from the NYT, which Broder has promised. Perhaps he'll explain the driving-in-circles part, or perhaps he'll have a countertakedown that pokes holes in Musk's account.
I do think it takes awhile for people to wrap their brains around EVs. Cars are a very emotional subject, and there are certainly asterisks attached to them. This whole episode, along with about 40 others I encounter every day as I read the news, illustrates to me that everybody likes a drama and that the news media cater to that impulse. Frankly, I think Musk did it too, with his "Broder is an EV hater" narrative. Maybe, sure, but I think Musk is packaging his information for impact just like the news media do habitually.Feb 14, 2013