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The +Tesla Motors takedown 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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You now have the floor, Mr Broder....... this should be good. 
 
Stepping back: Only 2 supercharging stations on the east coast, and we know batteries don't hold up as well in the cold. It's clear that in the best case, you're looking at a limited use vehicle.

The problem with the defense is that I'm having to dig into the weeds a little too much to figure out even what it all means. In addition, I'm asked to assign credibility to statements like, "If he had done the full 58 minutes, there's virtually no way ...". Finally, the blog post states that the premise of the nytimes story was to assess the future viability of charging stations, not the current set up.

I think the effective counter here would be to cite other test drives that worked and state that additional charging stations will alleviate concerns about range limitations.
 
+Bud Gibson I do agree that Elon Musk could use some editing. It's an impenetrable thicket of words, he backs into the lede, the writing is leaden, and if it weren't for the high interest in the matter I certainly wouldn't have plowed through the verbiage.
 
+Bud Gibson That was Broder's response a couple days ago to the earlier general complaints, not to the specific issues raised when Tesla published the log data last night, for example documenting the 0.6 miles where Broder drove around in circles in a parking lot.

EVs are indeed not ready for long-distance road trips, in my opinion (and I'm married to a huge EV booster). I do think they're very good for local trips, which is what the vast majority of driving is. The Model S range looks good for longer-range trips. I wouldn't recommend buying an EV today if it were your only car. They're awful for the Rt. 66 American-dream road trip vision that a lot of people seem to think of as what a car is good for. But if it's your second car, it's quite possibly a good option. In the real world, most of us sit at traffic lights and go between home, work, and the grocery store, and I've found EVs excellent there. I particularly love the Tesla's aggressive regenerative braking -- it's fun to watch the juice go back into the battery as you're driving downhill or easing up to a stop sign. It's profoundly altered my view of internal combustion engines.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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!!!)
 
The damn kids thing was tongue in cheek. I love my kids. 
 
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.
 
+Mark Gillespie 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.
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