Tesla, the Times, and how to drive an electric car

This week’s Tesla versus The New York Times flap came to a climax yesterday when Tesla released the logs it promised on its Web site, and the newspaper responded with a point-by-point refutation.

Tesla’s post says that New York Times environmental reporter John Broder misrepresented the Model S’ performance. Broder argues that he was simply following advice from Tesla personnel during the drive.

The original New York Times story painted the Model S with a negative brush, but as I wrote Wednesday, a close reading of the article shows that the Model S operated exactly as you’d expect for an electric car. What’s more, both the logs Tesla published and the Times response reinforce that conclusion.

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