Published on February 20th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


Tesla’s/Elon’s Final Post On The NYTimes/Broder Story

February 20th, 2013 by  

Elon Musk — Tesla’s Chairman, Product Architect, & CEO — yesterday published his final take on the NYTimes/Broder story. I’m reposting it in full below. This may also be our last post on the story. However, I do have a few more in line that I’d like to write up if I can get to them in a timely manner. Here’s Elon’s post:

By Elon Musk

tesla model so

[Monday], The New York Times reversed its opinion on the review of our Model S and no longer believes that it was an accurate account of what happened. After investigating the facts surrounding the test drive, the Public Editor agreed that John Broder had “problems with precision and judgment,” “took casual and imprecise notes” and made “few conclusions that are unassailable.”

We would like to thank Margaret Sullivan and The New York Times for looking into this matter and thoughtfully considering the public evidence, as well as additional evidence provided on background. A debt of appreciation is also owed to other media outlets, such as CNN, CNBC, and Consumer Reports, who repeated The New York Times test drive at normal highway speeds and comfortable cabin temperatures without ever running out of range.

But, most of all, we would like to thank our customers, who rallied immediately to the defense of Tesla and the electric car revolution, sending hundreds of heartfelt letters of support to The New York Times in the space of a few days! Entirely of their own volition, several customers spent the past holiday weekend recreating the Broder test drive route and showing that it can be done easily using the Tesla Supercharger network on the East Coast. You guys are awesome!

The bottom line is that the Model S combined with Supercharging works well for a long road trip, even in a cold, snowy winter. Nonetheless, we will keep increasing the number of Superchargers, improving the software in the car (via over the air updates), and the technology behind the Supercharger itself. Without people even having to think about it or Tesla having to physically touch the car, the free long distance travel enabled by our Superchargers will steadily improve with each passing month.


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  • EVDriver

    Wow, Zachary, maybe someday you’ll graduate from transcribing other peoples’ press releases and republishing them on the Internet.

    • Otis11

      Man, what’s up? I’ve only seen a handful of your posts, but you seem to have a personal issue with this particular writer.

      This entire website is dedicated to spreading the news about clean technology and emerging trends in the energy industry. Do they highlight the good stuff and overlook some of the “business as usual?” Of course! A consumer tech site will do the same thing – they’re not going to review every cell phone that comes out, just the ones people want to read about. It’s knowing their audience.

      In this case you’re getting on to him about re-posting a response to an article that’s been discussed on this (and related) sites at length. What’s wrong with that? Do a lot of articles on this site tend to be reposts? Yes. But look at where they’re coming from! This site is run by a handful of staff and a few guest contributors… most of whom also write for other, related websites! Just like many of those websites will repost a story from here, this website posts stories from there. As long as they have written permission to do so, and the explicitly state where the article came from, what’s the problem?

    • I am thankful Zachary copied it in. Makes my life easier. It is certainly information I find useful and sourcing it like he has made it even better.

      • agelbert

        Me too!

      • Thanks! 😀 Believe me, I’m well aware that curation of content is a key component of a good blog, and that our readers appreciate it. We obviously have a certain mix of reposts and original content, but some people simply don’t yet understand the era of new media (and the value of curating good content).

        This guy’s simply got an anti-crush on me and is just trolling now.

    • Transcribing? It was a repost, from the CEO of Tesla, about his car. Seriously, troll, move along to another site if you don’t want to see what we post.

  • Excellent. What is happening on the New York Times side of things?

    • Bob_Wallace

      You should probably read Sullivan’s (the Public Editor’s) piece for yourself.

      IMHO it stinks of butt-covering….

      • “People will go on contesting these points – and insisting that they know what they prove — and that’s understandable. In the matter of the Tesla Model S and its now infamous test drive, there is still plenty to argue about and few conclusions that are unassailable.” — quoting her last summarizing paragraph.

        I agree with your opinion. At this point in time there is only one clean solution the NYTs can do to redeem itself. Somebody high up in the company needs to step forward and fire those two to show the company has integrity. The way it stands now too many people see the NYTs as an unreliable untrustable news source.

        • agelbert

          They won’t do that because they know it was a planned hit piece from the start. They are just playing dumb.
          I watched them do similar type hit pieces on solar energy back in the 1980s when big oil was dropping prices to destroy PV and wind electric power in its infancy. It won’t work this time. Don’t expect integrity from the NYT.

      • Yeah, I might have gone ahead and reposted her piece, but that’s not legal in the case of the NYTimes and I don’t have their explicit permission to do so. But it’s prominently linked, at least.

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