A bunch of Model S owners are decided to prove that John Broder, the Times reporter, is wrong.
The electric vehicle owners will hit the road and take the same trip to Connecticut from Maryland. Before heading out, the owners will fully charge their Model S and try to prove that they can complete the journey the reporter failed to do.
Nine cars set off from Rockville in Maryland and headed 353 miles away to Groton in Connecticut. The owners live tweeted their telemetry updates during the trip. Not all vehicles completed the trip due to different reasons.
Well none of the the Tesla Model S called a flat-bed truck due to a drained battery pack but one car, for example, had circuitry problems. Tesla support was able to send a software update and the car was able to make it to Milford.
Only four of the bunch completed the whole trip. Some of the drivers opted out when they reached Delaware while another driver went to attend a Broadway play in New York City. Some of the drivers shared that through the trip, they were roughly on 65mph.
The Model S owners think that the NY Times reported encountered issues because he did not charge the vehicle.
New York Times also issued an official response saying that their reporter did not use good judgment during the trip but blames Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, for misleading the public for using the car’s log. The public editor defended the reporter saying that Broder reported how he experienced the drive.
CNN also conducted its own experiment and was able to complete the same route with some Tesla S owners. Two of the cars from the Tesla Motors Club were not even charged overnight and were able to complete the journey.