New York Times writer John M. Broder today defended his recent test of a Tesla Model S electric car, denying accusations that he faked the results of his review.
“My account was not a fake. It happened just the way I described it,” Broder wrote on the Times’s Wheels blog.
Broder did not adequately charge the Model S, took unscheduled detours, and drove too fast, Musk said during an appearance on CNBC yesterday. Broder, however, maintained that he did not speed after charging up at the first station in Delaware. The detour in Manhattan, he said, occurred when he opted for the Lincoln Tunnel rather than the George Washington Bridge en route to Connecticut.
After a Tesla employee advised Broder to “shut off the cruise control to take advantage of battery regeneration from occasional braking and slowing down,” Broder said he was “under the impression that stop-and-go driving at low speeds in the city would help, not hurt, my mileage.”
The point of Broder’s drive from Washington, D.C. to Connecticut was to test the Model S on long drives. He was supposed to stop at two charging stations – one in Delaware and another in Connecticut. He arrived in Delaware without incident, but found that his car was losing power at a rapid rate en route to Connecticut. He arrived OK, but found that the Model S lost much of its charge overnight in cold temperatures, something with which Musk took issue.
Yesterday, Musk said Tesla would publish a blog post “detailing what actually happened on Broder’s NYTimes ‘range test,’” but it has not yet been posted. Broder said that Musk called him on Friday before his article was published “to offer sympathy and regrets about the outcome of my test drive.”
“He said that the East Coast charging stations should be 140 miles apart, not 200 miles, to take into account the traffic and temperature extremes in this part of the country,” Broder wrote. “He offered me a second chance at a test drive in a few months, after additional Supercharger stations come online. I’m game.”
For more, see Electric Cars Are Not the Answer.
By Chloe Albanesius, PCMag