Tesla Motors has released data logs that contradict claims made in a scathing New York Times test drive of the Model S electric sedan. In his review, Times writer John M. Broder claimed that the car ran out of power during a two-day drive of the Model S from Washington D.C. to Milford, Connecticut. Broder’s intent was to test the functionality of the newly installed Supercharger solar-powered stations which enable Model S drivers to recharge their batteries for free.
Tesla’s data show that Broder, despite being given instructions on the driving speed and interior temperature, traveled at speeds up to 81 mph, instead of the recommended 55 mph. The interior temperature was kept at 72 degrees, which is much higher than instructed. The findings also show that the car was never fully charged during the trip. Data collected from one of the Supercharger’s logs prove that Broder’s claims to have charged the car for 58 minutes during the second part of the trip are not correct. According to Tesla’s data, the car was charged for only 47 minutes.
Broder has provided a detailed response to Musk’s rebuttal of the test drive, reiterating that “I was delighted to receive the assignment to try out the company’s new East Coast Supercharger network and as I previously noted in no way anticipated – or deliberately caused – the troubles I encountered.”