Shares of Tesla took a hit Monday as the company defended itself against a critical review of its new Model S sedan published in The New York Times, while the electric-car maker’s CEO personally blasted the writer on Twitter.
Calling the review by Times reporter John Broder “fake” in a tweet, Chief Executive Elon Musk accused the journalist of misrepresenting the car’s performance on a test drive.
“NYTimes article about Tesla range in cold is fake,” Musk said in a Twitter post Monday. “Vehicle logs tell true story that he didn’t actually charge to max & took a long detour.”
In a statement, the Times stood by its report, saying “any suggestion that the account was ‘fake’ is, of course, flatly untrue. Our reporter followed the instructions he was given in multiple conversations with Tesla personnel. He described the entire drive in the story; there was no unreported detour. And he was never told to plug the car in overnight in cold weather, despite repeated contact with Tesla.”
An electric car’s range being cut short in cold weather, now who could’ve seen that one coming?
Complain all you want Elon, batteries produce less charge in cold weather. Add to that running the heater and blower motor to keep the windscreen clear chews up a lot of battery power.
There is no getting around physics.