Tesla to NYT: Don’t Mess with Science

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Yeah so you probably have heard about the New York Times story where they said the Tesla S they were testing lost charge and they had to call for a tow.  In a story called “Stalled on the EV Highway”, John Broder went through a long description of the trials of actual electric vehicle travel.  Except.  Ummm.  Apparently it didn’t quite go like that.

Tesla’s Elon Musk is not one I’d choose to piss off.  Especially if I happened to be fabricating a lie about him and his products.  Here’s a couple of tweets he posted after the story this weekend:

  • NYTimes article about Tesla range in cold is fake. Vehicle logs tell true story that he didn’t actually charge to max & took a long detour.
  • Tesla blog coming soon detailing what actually happened on Broder’s NYTimes “range test”. Also lining up other journalists to do same drive.
  • Tesla data logging is only turned on with explicit written permission from customers, but after Top Gear BS, we always keep it on for media.

And this is the big bitch-slap across the head from Tesla, Elon’s “A Most Peculiar Test Drive“, posted last night.  With pictures.

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This reminds me of some advice my Grandfather used to give.  “Don’t try to beat somebody up in his own back yard.”  Especially somebody a whole lot smarter than you, I’d add.

Good work, Broder, and good stuff New York Times.  Way to remove all doubt from the question, “Are those guys as stupid as the shit they write?”

The one thing about this that I just can’t fathom.  Why would a journalist do this?  And why would a company like the New York Times, struggling to survive, and clinging to every last bit of credibility they can muster, allow this?

Funny.  The NYT story hit the same day that Tesla earnings were due to be released.  Story here.  The latest news is that Q4 2012 earnings report will be released after the market close on Wednesday, February 20.  I wonder if there’s some strange connection.

Big hugs to TDC for the tip line.

(edit:  I just received this information about a peculiar concept known as the “short sell”, “short” and “short sqeeze”.  mmmmm.  Wonder if there’s any connection?)

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…via Google Finance.

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