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Are you smarter than a NY Times reporter?

The implication of the ny times article is that, if you go on a road trip in a Tesla, you might run out of power and end up on a trailer. Is this true? Has it happened to any Tesla owners? if so you are no smarter than a NY Times reporter. There are thousands of you out there now. Is there one that is that stupid?

I think that should be a game show on TV.

Yes, I think we all are! Of course provocative articles sells papers - not ones that state the facts.

I suspect it's easier to run out of gas (although stations are a bit more frequent than chargers!). Gas gauges are fairly inaccurate not even calibrated in gallons or miles remaining. Some cars have flow meters and specify miles left, but usually drop off the last 40 miles or so with warning to "fill up now". I'm not sure why electric is that much different - when you're getting low you need to "fill up" either with gas (ICE) or charge (electric). There is plenty of warning, and it depends on how "lucky" you feel if the gauge is down to the last fumes or watts.

Before this article, The NYT was one of the few news outlets I held any respect for - no longer.... John M. Broder appears to be an OIL puppet and his fraudulent article had no purpose other than to smear EVs and Tesla in particular. With the exception of two or three negative EV/green tech articles, Broder writes exclusively about OIL (since 2009). Coincidence? Perhaps, but I don't think so. IMO, the sooner he's exposed the better.

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/b/john_m_brod...

Like most reasonable people, I respect constructive criticism even on causes I support. However Broder's true (negative) agenda is clear. Whatever happened to integrity?

We've driven a Roadster 30k miles in a bit more than 3 1/2 years without running out of juice. That includes many trips longer than the Roadster's range.

We've driven the Model S for over 5 months without running out of juice either. This includes 2 800+ mile trips between Northern and Southern California and several well beyond the S range in Northern California. . Completely pleasurable drives with no problems.

The NYT article seems to have been planned as a hit piece. Tesla was "Clarksoned" again and the credibility of the NYT has been lowered. Soon the Enquirer will be a more credible source!

The question should be:
Is the reporter smarter than a bee?
I doubt it, because a bee knows to take sufficient fuel for the trip and get back to the hive ;-)

Smart is ability to resolve problems and improve your chances of getting what you want and need. So it depends on your goals. If you want to create crises and sh**-disturb, NYT reporters may be the best money can buy.

I will give him a break when he admits that he should had topped off the battery to a figure greater than the cars stated range on the last leg of the trip. It is one thing and perfectly okay and correct to report on reduced range in very cold weather, but its quite another when he did not do the logical thing and make sure that the battery was topped off with sufficient indicated range.
Remember he was at a charging station and decided to stop charging with about half the range that the car said it needed. It is like going to buy half a gallon of gas to mow a lawn when you know that you need a whole gallon.
As others have said, he either was stupid or had bad intentions. If he had just done the logical thing and then reported on reduced range in very cold weather it could had been useful to all, instead he chose to dramitize this by being stupid.

Elon apologized as a courtesy and BEFORE he had seen the data logs. He's not apologetic now,..nor should he be.


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