Can you guys access the new blog - A Most Pecular Test Drive ?

Can you guys access the new blog - A Most Pecular Test Drive ?

I'm dying to see Elon's response

But I keep geeting an error message below when I try to view...

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ckanuga | February 13, 2013

I am getting the same error message.

sshrivas | February 13, 2013

I'm getting the same error message.

Superliner | February 13, 2013

I think you need to be a reservation holder to have access to it as well as other functions on here. If not you wind up at the dreaded "DEAD END" page. | February 13, 2013

no access- & I have the S so it's not a private link.

Mark Z | February 13, 2013

IMHO, maybe they have updated the home page with the link, but just haven't copied it to the blog directory or changed the permissions on the file until the final review. The blog page doesn't show the entry as of 4:55 PST.

alestatbjork | February 13, 2013

I can't view it either

steve | February 13, 2013

Yeah, I don't think there is anything there. I'm anxiously waiting for it too!

Sudre_ | February 13, 2013

The lawyers are giving it a quick once over :-)

cjy | February 13, 2013

Not able to view the page as of 5:25 PST.

Mike C | February 13, 2013

I do not see the link on the blog page as of 5:33 PST. Can't wait to read it!

dsh_nva | February 13, 2013

Elon Musk's money and Elon Musk's mouth seem to be in two separate zip codes as far as that "fake" review goes. His lawyers must have read his post and wet their pants. Can you say "libelous and defamatory"?

Brian H | February 13, 2013

Motley Fool suggested the 'detour' was actually the car being towed. Maybe a rewrite/rethink is happening.

RedShift | February 13, 2013

Hmmm. Let me get popcorn.

Maestrokneer | February 13, 2013

Up now @ 11:00PM PST. Here's the full text in case anyone is still having problems accessing it. Great blog in my opinion:

February 13, 2013
A Most Peculiar Test Drive
By Elon Musk, Chairman, Product Architect & CEO
TAGS: Engineering / Electric / Model S /

You may have heard recently about an article written by John Broder from The New York Times that makes numerous claims about the performance of the Model S. We are upset by this article because it does not factually represent Tesla technology, which is designed and tested to operate well in both hot and cold climates. Indeed, our highest per capita sales are in Norway, where customers drive our cars during Arctic winters in permanent midnight, and in Switzerland, high among the snowy Alps. About half of all Tesla Roadster and Model S customers drive in temperatures well below freezing in winter. While no car is perfect, after extremely thorough testing, the Model S was declared to be the best new car in the world by the most discerning authorities in the automotive industry.

To date, hundreds of journalists have test driven the Model S in every scenario you can imagine. The car has been driven through Death Valley (the hottest place on Earth) in the middle of summer and on a track of pure ice in a Minnesota winter. It has traveled over 600 miles in a day from the snowcapped peaks of Tahoe to Los Angeles, which made the very first use of the Supercharger network, and moreover by no lesser person than another reporter from The New York Times. Yet, somehow John Broder “discovered” a problem and was unavoidably left stranded on the road. Or was he?

After a negative experience several years ago with Top Gear, a popular automotive show, where they pretended that our car ran out of energy and had to be pushed back to the garage, we always carefully data log media drives. While the vast majority of journalists are honest, some believe the facts shouldn’t get in the way of a salacious story. In the case of Top Gear, they had literally written the script before they even received the car (we happened to find a copy of the script on a table while the car was being “tested”). Our car never even had a chance.

The logs show again that our Model S never had a chance with John Broder. In the case with Top Gear, their legal defense was that they never actually said it broke down, they just implied that it could and then filmed themselves pushing what viewers did not realize was a perfectly functional car. In Mr. Broder’s case, he simply did not accurately capture what happened and worked very hard to force our car to stop running.

Here is a summary of the key facts:

As the State of Charge log shows, the Model S battery never ran out of energy at any time, including when Broder called the flatbed truck.

The final leg of his trip was 61 miles and yet he disconnected the charge cable when the range display stated 32 miles. He did so expressly against the advice of Tesla personnel and in obvious violation of common sense.

In his article, Broder claims that “the car fell short of its projected range on the final leg.” Then he bizarrely states that the screen showed “Est. remaining range: 32 miles” and the car traveled “51 miles," contradicting his own statement (see images below). The car actually did an admirable job exceeding its projected range. Had he not insisted on doing a nonstop 61-mile trip while staring at a screen that estimated half that range, all would have been well. He constructed a no-win scenario for any vehicle, electric or gasoline.

On that leg, he drove right past a public charge station while the car repeatedly warned him that it was very low on range.

Cruise control was never set to 54 mph as claimed in the article, nor did he limp along at 45 mph. Broder in fact drove at speeds from 65 mph to 81 mph for a majority of the trip and at an average cabin temperature setting of 72 F.

At the point in time that he claims to have turned the temperature down, he in fact turned the temperature up to 74 F.

The charge time on his second stop was 47 mins, going from -5 miles (reserve power) to 209 miles of Ideal or 185 miles of EPA Rated Range, not 58 mins as stated in the graphic attached to his article. Had Broder not deliberately turned off the Supercharger at 47 mins and actually spent 58 mins Supercharging, it would have been virtually impossible to run out of energy for the remainder of his stated journey.

For his first recharge, he charged the car to 90%. During the second Supercharge, despite almost running out of energy on the prior leg, he deliberately stopped charging at 72%. On the third leg, where he claimed the car ran out of energy, he stopped charging at 28%. Despite narrowly making each leg, he charged less and less each time. Why would anyone do that?

The above helps explain a unique peculiarity at the end of the second leg of Broder’s trip. When he first reached our Milford, Connecticut Supercharger, having driven the car hard and after taking an unplanned detour through downtown Manhattan to give his brother a ride, the display said "0 miles remaining." Instead of plugging in the car, he drove in circles for over half a mile in a tiny, 100-space parking lot. When the Model S valiantly refused to die, he eventually plugged it in. On the later legs, it is clear Broder was determined not to be foiled again.

When Tesla first approached The New York Times about doing this story, it was supposed to be focused on future advancements in our Supercharger technology. There was no need to write a story about existing Superchargers on the East Coast, as that had already been done by Consumer Reports with no problems! We assumed that the reporter would be fair and impartial, as has been our experience with The New York Times, an organization that prides itself on journalistic integrity. As a result, we did not think to read his past articles and were unaware of his outright disdain for electric cars. We were played for a fool and as a result, let down the cause of electric vehicles. For that, I am deeply sorry.

When I first heard about what could at best be described as irregularities in Broder’s behavior during the test drive, I called to apologize for any inconvenience that he may have suffered and sought to put my concerns to rest, hoping that he had simply made honest mistakes. That was not the case.

In his own words in an article published last year, this is how Broder felt about electric cars before even seeing the Model S:

"Yet the state of the electric car is dismal, the victim of hyped expectations, technological flops, high costs and a hostile political climate.”

When the facts didn’t suit his opinion, he simply changed the facts. Our request of The New York Times is simple and fair: please investigate this article and determine the truth. You are a news organization where that principle is of paramount importance and what is at stake for sustainable transport is simply too important to the world to ignore.

shop | February 13, 2013

Oh what a good blog post. Pass the popcorn, this will be fun to watch in the next few days.

mauterin | February 13, 2013

Seriously awesome. Is there GPS data that confirms the circles at Milford?

DC@Tesla | February 13, 2013

Someone is paying this reporter to hate EVs?

sshrivas | February 13, 2013

Way to go Mr. Musk. Awesome post and every success to Tesla and all EV's.

Timo | February 13, 2013

Seeing the blog now.

Nasty. Good thing they have log-entries for that trip.

StefanT | February 14, 2013

Car is smarter than Broder.

rd2 | February 14, 2013


The ramifications of this blog post and the accompanying data go WAY beyond the Model S. I can't wait to see what NYT says in response. What can they?

aliiranitehrani | February 14, 2013

I hope there are repercussions for Broder after this deliberate attempt to defame Tesla

shop | February 14, 2013

What can they do? How about an independent investigation? But I'll bet you anything, they won't do that ... It'll be circle the wagons time...

Mark Z | February 14, 2013

I think it is time for Elon Musk to get the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.

GeirT | February 14, 2013

NYT? They'll try bury it. Damage is done, mission accomplished - they think.
Elon's response is brilliant, solid and impeccable.
A media assassin piece.

Captain_Kong | February 14, 2013

StefanT: +1

xs10shl | February 14, 2013

New user here, big Tesla fan. It's odd that Musk would post the data as is, Because unless I'm reading it wrong, the logs appear to show Broder driving 50 miles with the temperature control off (mile 250-300),as he claimed he did. The charts do seem to indicate a different constant speed than claimed, possibly due to an exaggeration, but also possibly a speedometer calibration error. The speed is definitely constant, and below the speed limit, largely as claimed. Looks like we're talking about a 5mph difference, which could be caused by something as simple as incorrect tires..

Is the speedo calibrated mechanically, and the logs use GPS coordinates?

rd2 | February 14, 2013

xs10shl - Not sure about the calibration of the speedo, but his later claim of driving at 45mph would then have to be ~ 10mph off.

Also, the climate control setting did go off for about 50 miles as you noted (albeit well after Broder claimed, with the rated mileage detailed, that he turned it off), but I am guessing this could be the car itself deactivating climate control due to low remaining range, which it is known to do as the battery approaches depletion. Not sure if this is what happened, of course.

Mark K | February 14, 2013

Facts and Physics are a beautiful thing.

Elon crushed it.

Though many folks urged Elon to let it go, he instead doubled-down on principle.

This so defines him. When you're honestly on a mission, you go all the way.

Bad as this PR nightmare was, getting NYT on board with fixing it would not only turn this around, it can even morph into a massively positive validation of Tesla. The public really hates it when a cheat maligns the honest player.

Circles in the parking lot on empty? Charging less and less each time? What the hell?

Investigation indeed. NYT needn't apologize, they should instead get their top journalists hammering on it.

Find out who paid Broder. There is something very rotten at the bottom of this stench, and it is big news.

Now there's a story that will sell some ink.

I am 3146 | February 14, 2013

It is really great having the data and the article side by side.

One very interesting point is that the NYT author said that just after he used the CT Supercharger the first time that he "drove,

      , to Stonington, Conn., for dinner and spent the night in Groton, a total distance of 79 miles." When you look at the corresponding speed data chart, the NYT author was averaging somewhere near 65 and actually hit over 80 mph. That is NOT SLOW by most standards.

      It seemed that when the NYT author couldn't run out of charge during the long run from the DE Supercharger to the CT Supercharger, he had to try and find some way to run out of charge to make the Model D look bad.

      I wonder if his brother works on Wall St or shorted the stock?

Flaninacupboard | February 14, 2013

Brilliant. The guy looks a total moron.

Looks like the climate control got reduced to ~64F (18C) Which is cool, but not off, and I don't think would make your knuckles go white? | February 14, 2013

I'm a Tesla LIFER.

dborn | February 14, 2013

A responsible news organization would consider this falsehood a sacking offense. It brings discredit on a world renowned newspaper - speaking as an Australian.

GeirT | February 14, 2013

@ Mark K,

Look no further, the Detroit & Big Oil lobby.

Desai | February 14, 2013

Interesting fact about John M. Broader - see the common theme in his previous articles?

I will give you a hint: OIL!

Brian H | February 14, 2013

Are you suggesting the NYT uses oil-based ink? How could they?!? The horror!


Desai | February 14, 2013

@Brian H: LOL! Too funny.

This debacle is spreading like wild fire. Techcrunch's summary take on it.

noel.smyth | February 14, 2013

WOW, he slammed him worse that I thought. Broder lacks integrity it seems. NYT should investigate and fire him, IMO.

Brian H | February 14, 2013

I like the 15 minutes of doughnuts in the parking lot with the gauge reading 0. Could hardly be a clearer demonstration of attempting to stall the car!

Benz | February 14, 2013

Mr. Broder had a plan to cheat, but the poor man did not realise that the Tesla Model S is actually smarter than he is! That's his mistake, and now he is in trouble. What will the reaction of The New York Times be?

teslaver | February 14, 2013

Not only did he fail to see Model S fail..but he made his entire organization look like a failure..
Thanks to Top Gear Tesla had been prepared to deal with this..

Superliner | February 14, 2013

@ mauterin

The circular driving would not need GPS to identify. All Tesla would need is the "Steering wheel position sensor and speed sensor data" authough the test car I'm sure was so equipped.

The brain surgeon should have figured there would be data logging capability in the car since that technology has been around for decades. Wonder how Broder likes his Crow?

RedShift | February 14, 2013

Elon, good job.

NYT, I am canceling my 5 month old subscription.

Hogfighter | February 14, 2013

I love this forum, because that article had me absolutely irate!! If the NYT does nothing about this (which I suspect), then I hope the world sees it as the worthless rag that it is.

Go Elon Musk!!

hsadler | February 14, 2013

Mr Broder

For future reference....

There is a proliferation of security cameras, cell phones (with high def video), and also cars that know what you are doing.

prash.saka | February 14, 2013

Yeah, well done Elon! We are with you. The response is even better considering that you took the "reporter" rather than the news organization to task.

I love NY Times and Tesla. Unfortunately, this "reporter" is nowhere near NYT's standards and should be fired, or at least investigated. I think these kind of unfits exist in every organization and sooner or later, it could happen that someone from Tesla will commit a similar folly.

Of course, this guy will come up with his own theory based on his own interpretation in his own fantasy world about how he is (at least partially) right all along. But, numbers speak the truth. He was caught with his pants down and he is pathetic.

~ Prash.

GoTeslaChicago | February 14, 2013

From Elon:

"As the State of Charge log shows, the Model S battery never ran out of energy at any time, including when Broder called the flatbed truck."

I'm wondering how this squares with Broder's statement that:

"the car’s electrically actuated parking brake would not release without battery power, and hooking the car’s 12-volt charging post behind the front grille to the tow truck’s portable charger would not release the brake. So he had to drag it onto the flatbed, a painstaking process that took 45 minutes."

Is there some low level state of charge that is designed to protect the battery, and so therefore nothing will work, even though the SOC is not zero?

DaveR75 | February 14, 2013

+1 Elon! Incredible response!!!

For anyone else at upset as I am, send a letter to the editor @ NYT...or a copy of the blog ;) Either way, keep it classy.

Whity Whiteman | February 14, 2013

...for sure a great media spin. Perfect move- everyone is talking about it. This is huge for a "small startup"!
And if the people begin questioning, what is good range or bad range and compare it with other competitors in the EV-field, it'll come clear, who's the chief in this exciting gamefight =)

vinspin | February 14, 2013

Check mate. Well played, Tesla.