Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk has always taken pains to pitch how far his cars can go when sufficiently charged. The man himself is proving he can go quite a distance as well.
Sufficiently chafed by a review of the Tesla Model S in The New York Times that said the electric vehicle’s single-charge range was far less than advertised, Musk called the February 8 article a “low-grade ethics violation” in a recent interview at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas, Reuters says.
Musk has had his say in the matter. Citing data logged from the reviewer’s car that differed from his report, Musk called the review “false” and said it was “not in good faith.” Following a spat between Musk and the Times, the Times’ public editor subsequently said that there may have been some inaccuracies in the reporter’s note-taking but defended his integrity. Musk has estimated the Times review cost Tesla as much as $100 million in sales.
But there was apparently another response, one Musk himself wrote, that never saw the light of day. Musk said he sent it to an editor at The New York Times, but it was not published. Musk said he might still publish what he wrote.
Currently, Tesla has reached its full production capacity of 400 Model S sedans a week, and Musk has said Tesla could have its first profitable quarter for the three months ending March 31.
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By Danny King