A test drive of a Tesla Motors sedan along a stretch of highway between Washington DC and Boston received less than stellar reviews in a recent New York Times article, which claimed the car fell far short of the standards set by the manufacturer.
But following the review, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk decided to have his team breakdown the car’s telemetry data. In a blog post titled “A Most Peculiar Test Drive” Musk deconstructed the newspaper’s assessment and called out irregularities between the reviewer’s driving behavior and the data pulled from the car’s vehicle logs. He then called upon the New York Times to investigate the glaring factual inaccuracies in the article.
Finally, Musk also noted that the reviewer had seemed to form his opinion about electric cars well before he took one for a test drive and cited a previous article by the author that said “…the state of the electric car is dismal, the victim of hyped expectations, technological flops, high costs and a hostile political climate.”
This isn’t the first time Musk has had to defend Tesla’s performance and promise (and it probably won’t be the last) as seen in the following clip from the Churchill Club.