7th September 2013

Elon Musk regrets not saying more about NYT Model S review

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 ...
1st September 2013

Elon Musk’s attack on “fake” New York Times article prompts lots of Tesla talk

Despite an official promise that Tesla Motors would respond to the online kerfuffle kicked up yesterday between The New York Times reporter John Broder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the official Tesla website remained silent today. The wait doesn't mean the internet has been mute on this subject, though. That's just not how it works. First up, Broder's detailed response to Musk tweeting that his article about running out of electricity was a 'fake' is clear ...
28th August 2013

Tesla Owners Take Solidarity Road Trip

By Lauren Goode Getty Images Tesla Model S A group of Tesla Model S owners, charged up over a recent New York Times column that challenged the reliability of the electric vehicle, hit the road this weekend to replicate the same drive the Times reporter made. The group, which started out with nine cars, drove the 353 miles from Rockville, Md. to Groton, Conn., live-tweeting telemetry updates and color commentary throughout the trip. But not all of the starting nine ...
1st August 2013

Tesla’s Elon Musk offers “final” thoughts on NYT spat, but Twitter flames continue

For a while there, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was having a kumbaya moment after the public editor The New York Times, Margaret Sullivan, wrote that her publication may have been overzealous in its criticism of the Tesla Model S and admitted that Times reporter John Broder was not entirely precise with his mileage or speed logs. Musk, writing on the official Tesla blog post, thanked Sullivan and the Times for the response and also singled out ...
29th July 2013

Forbes columnist says Tesla EVs are ‘niche’ vehicles, just like most cars

Did Forbes just publish an article defending a plug-in vehicle? Sure did, when one of the publication's columnists offered a counterpoint to that famous piece in The New York Times that criticized the Tesla Model S for less-than-advertised driving range. Forbes contributor Mark Rogowsky took issue with the Times' statement that the Teslas are 'nothing more than niche vehicles,' by pointing out that no vehicle can be all things to all people. For example, on the ...
22nd July 2013

Tesla Model S road trip drivers find success along NYT’s failed drive route [w/video]

'There is a learning curve to taking long road trips in an EV, especially in the cold.' In the last week, we have read and written many thousands of words about the Tesla Model S road trip that The New York Times writer John Broder could not accomplish. Thanks to a critical tweet by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, a digital firestorm erupted about the electric vehicle test drive (if you need a refresher, please read these ...
13th July 2013

CNN recreates infamous Tesla Model S drive with miles to spare, others to try this weekend [w/video]

You knew this was coming, didn't you? Even more prisms through which to look at the failed (or is that 'failed'?) Tesla Model S drive up the East Coast that The New York Times reported on last weekend. We're going to assume you know what's been happening with this, but if not, then you can get caught up by reading this, this and this. All set? Good. Today, CNN reporter Peter Valdes-Dapena easily completed all of ...
6th July 2013

Musk says New York Times debacle may have cost Tesla $100 million

Despite the old chestnut that there's no such thing as bad publicity, there's always a cost incurred – sometimes it's hidden, and sometimes it's front and center. Enigmatic Tesla CEO Elon Musk seems to think his company's now-infamous Model S range dustup with The New York Times is falling squarely into the latter category. According to Musk, fallout from the back-and-forth battle over the newspaper's cold-weather road trip story may have decimated Tesla's stock value ...
5th July 2013

Tesla takes New York Times to task for damning Model S review

The social media tête-à-tête between The New York Times and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, stemming from a defamatory review by John Broder of the Model S and Tesla's new 'Supercharger' network on the East Coast, is heating up in a major way. Just yesterday we summarized the Twitter spat, and now Musk has expanded upon the data recorded during Broder's test drive – adding major credence to the criticism of the NYT writer. The smoking gun ...
25th June 2013

New York Times admits Tesla Model S writer didn’t use “good judgment” [Update]

And, lo, in the case of John Broder vs. Elon Musk, The New York Times is admitting defeat. A little bit. Sort of. 'Musk is at fault, too, for using the car's driving logs 'in the most damaging (and sometimes quite misleading) ways possible.' Yesterday, the NYT's public editor, Margaret Sullivan, wrote the official* Times response to the very public dispute between the newspaper's reporter, John Broder – who wrote a story about how a Tesla Model ...