Tesla v. The New York Times

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.

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.

This, from the CEO of Tesla Motors.

Background: Last Week the New York Times posted a very unflattering review of Tesla Motors’ $100,000 all-electric Model S sedan. The reviewer complained about the car’s range and said he had to get it towed after it abruptly ran out of juice during his two-day test drive.

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk wasted no time in discounting the review, and claimed that the reviewer, John Broder, wasn’t being honest about what really happened – and has the car’s data logs to prove it. (As a matter of course, after a disastrous appearance on Top Gear, the company carefully logs all test drives by media).