Tesla Model S Runs Out of Juice in NY Times Review, Musk Calls Article “Unreasonable”
We’ve extensively tested the Tesla Model S’ range, but after one reporter from The New York Times wrote about his experience with the car running out of power, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has taken notice. The Model S review suggests that cold weather negatively impacts range, but Musk has expressed doubts about the reporter’s story.
“Essentially, we think the article is a bit of a set up and is unreasonable” Musk told CNBC.
In the NY Times article, reporter John M. Broder planned a road trip around the EV charging stations newly set up 200 miles apart on Interstate 95, in Newark, Del. and in Milford, Conn. With the Model S’s 265-mile estimated range, Broder didn’t experience range anxiety until after the first charge in Delaware.
Broder wrote that he barely made it to the service plaza in Milford, and had range issues the following day. Once the car failed to make it to the nearest charging point, the author noted that the Model S gave the tow truck operator problems, as the electronic parking brake wouldn’t release without power.
Musk, not surprisingly, had a different take on the story. He told CNBC that vehicle logs reveal the author took detours and drove at speeds that decreased the car’s range. In addition, Musk also said the driver didn’t charge up to the maximum amount. In response, the NY Times claimed Broder’s article was completely factual and that he described the entire drive in the story.
Although we experienced a bit of range anxiety in the Model S ourselves, we were able to drive the Model S with the largest available battery pack from Los Angeles to San Diego in one single charge, in which we managed 238 miles at 65 mph on flat terrain with the AC off. From Los Angeles, we traveled 211 miles to Las Vegas and had 74 miles of range left, but on the way back, editor-in-chief Ed Loh was sweating as he barely made it back from the valet garage at the Aria Casino to Motor Trend’s El Segundo headquarters (285 miles on the dot) with range left for about three miles.
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Source: NY Times, CNBC