every move you fake

…a few days ago, the prestigious New York Times published a rather negative cold-weather review of the Model S by John M. Broder. The problem? According to Mr. Broder, the Model S doesn’t get the range that it claims to get, at least not in cold weather. This isn’t just a minor aside, but the centerpiece of the review, with a very long description of all the anxiety and problems caused by these range issues…

Vehicle logs tell true story that he didn’t actually charge to max & took a long detour

we always keep it on for media


  1. Just Sayin'
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 6:33 am |

    Why would the NY Times lie about electric cars? It seems the left would side with anything that is against “big” oil and helps against global warming.

    I have a friend that owns an extended range Model S, loves it… except that it accelerates so unbelievably fast. Zero to sixty in four and a half seconds. Okay, he loves the acceleration, but he is worried about it. His insurance company told him that if he gets one speeding ticket with this car his insurance rates will double.

    He has solar panels on his house, he says he pays no fuel costs and that makes him very happy. He just uses the car to get to work and around town. He knows he can’t use it for long trips but doesn’t care, it isn’t what he wants to use it for.

  2. geezerette
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 7:15 am |

    :))) I’m getting ready to meet the “girls” for coffee– this is perfect!! We drink ours– just to clear that up. The statement not our systems.

  3. Steve Skubinna
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 7:46 am |

    Take a long detour? Yeah, because nobody would even decide to go anywhere on impulse.

    Statists love mass transit for the same reason they love gun control. It’s the control part, although not as obvious with mass transit. But it lets them determine where you can travel, and the timing of it. If they can’t shoehorn us into the trams and subways, the next best alternative is an electric car so we are tied down. You won’t elect to take a road trip with a bunch of friend if your set of wheel can only go a hundred miles and then needs eight hours ot recharge.

  4. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 8:44 am |

    I’m spring-loaded to distrust the NYT, but I’d like to see the data.
    [flashback: picking through data printouts during countdown]

    If the NYT did falsify (misrepresent) this test, then it’s disturbing on at least two counts:
    • They exhibited a fundamental dishonesty to and contempt for their readers (their specific objective is almost immaterial).
    • They exhibited a fundamental ignorance of the technology they feel entitled to pass judgment on (arrogance by the reporter, poor management in assigning the wrong reporter, or a shortcoming in j-school preparation).

    Offhand, that sounds like Prog standard operations.

    If Tesla’s lying, we’ll soon know.

  5. mojo
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 10:42 am |

    Shorter NYT: “Overpriced CRAP!”

  6. Just Sayin'
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm |

    mojo, as I said above I have a friend that owns one.
    Over priced, yes. You are paying for the batteries, but he doesn’t pay for fuel or for regular maintenance. No oil changes, no fluids to worry about. His solar panels fuel the vehicle.
    Crap? Not at all. It is a really nice car.

    This car is his mid-life crisis car. You might say it sucks, but given the chance you would drive one.

  7. Hopefulone
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 12:31 pm |

    Tesla and NYT deserve each other. May they consume each other.

    Who wants to sit for an hour to charge their vehicle at a “supercharger?” Ridiculous!

    The whole reason electric cars died 100 years ago was this charging problem. It can’t get fixed. There are far better alternatives.

    …and electric power doesn’t REALLY come from pixie dust.