Tesla CEO Elon Musk is fuming about a review that a Tesla Model S received in The New York Times last week. “I do not think this is a he said, she said situation,” stated Musk in an interview with Bloomberg West. “It is really black and white. The facts are the facts.” The New York Times reporter that wrote the review, John Broder, took a Tesla Model S out for a test drive on the East Coast where the weather was very cold. Broder claimed that the car could not keep a charge and that it died before reaching an intended destination.
Before going on the trip, Broder said that the car’s display read “charge complete.” Broder said that he tried to conserve the battery on the car by turning off the heat and driving on cruise at 54MPH. Musk said that this is not true and he has the logs to prove it. “We will publish the actual logs on the car and it is crystal clear,” said Musk in the Bloomberg interview. Musk said that Broder did not charge the car to full capacity before going on the trip. He also said that the reporter took an unplanned detour through Manhattan and drove well above the speed limit causing the battery life to go down rather than the cold.
“If you do all those three things, which we were clear should not be done and obviously common sense suggests should not be done, then you will not be able to go as far,” added Musk in the interview. “If you did not fill a gasoline car’s gas tank far enough, then went on a detour and ran out of gas, you should not be surprised if that occurs.”