But Musk says Broder’s account was less than accurate.
As the price of Tesla’s stock fell on Monday, possibly a reaction to the review, Musk tweeted “NYTimes article about Tesla range in cold is fake. Vehicle logs tell true story that he didn’t actually charge to max & took a long detour.”
Tesla enables data-logging on all of the cars it loans to the media for test drives as a safeguard against inaccuracies in reporting. It’s a feature available to owners, as well, to help provide the company with information to further develop its vehicles, but only with their express written permission.
In an interview with CNBC following the tweet, Musk called the article “something of a setup,” and “really misleading.” He went on to accuse Broder of not fully charging the battery, taking an extended tour of Manhattan and driving the vehicle faster than recommended on the highway, as much as 10 mph or more above the posted speed limit.
“We explicitly warned him that you can’t do these things,” Musk said.
Musk compared it to not filling up the tank of a gasoline-powered car, meandering around and then racing to your destination only to be surprised that you ran out of gas.
“People would just think you’re a fool.”
In response, The Times issued a statement calling the report “completely factual, describing the trip in detail exactly as it occurred,” adding that there was “no unreported detour.”
Tesla said it was preparing a blog post detailing its complaints with the article, but it has not yet been published on the company’s website.
We’ll publish the blog post from Tesla as soon as its available.