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CNN shoots down ‘New York Times’ by taking Tesla road trip: ‘It wasn’t that hard’

By David Edwards
Friday, February 15, 2013 10:17 EDT
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CNN took on The New York Times‘ scathing review of Tesla’s Model S by driving the same route with no problems and determining that the trip “wasn’t that hard.”

Electric car manufacturer Tesla and The New York Times‘ John M. Broder have been at war for the last week after the paper’s review devastated the company’s reputation and affected its share price. Broder asserted that the car’s battery couldn’t meet the demands of a trip from D.C. to Boston, claiming he had to drive well below the posted speed limit and eventually have the car towed.

The motor company fired back by posting data logs showing that Broder passed by charging stations, created a “no-win scenario” for the car, was actually driving 54 mph when he said he was driving 45 mph and turned the temperature up to 72 F when he had claimed to turn it down. Tesla maintained that the battery never ran out of energy and towing the vehicle was completely unnecessary.

CNNMoney’s Peter Valdes-Dapena attempted to put the matter to rest by taking a road trip with the Model S on the same route from D.C. to Boston.

“As you can tell from the dateline, I made it to Boston,” Valdes-Dapena wrote. “The final stretch, about 150 miles from Tesla’s Milford, Conn. Supercharger station located on Interstate 95, was a piece of cake.”

“I followed Tesla’s recommendations and kept the cruise control pegged to between 60 and 65 much of the way and kept the climate control at 72 degrees. And I minimized stops,” he explained. “I had expected this leg of the trip to feel ridiculous. I had expected that, all the way from Newark to Milford, I’d have one eye on the rearview mirror watching fast-approaching cars threatening to rear-end me. But I didn’t.”

And then Valdes-Dapena “realized something amazing” as he drove into Connecticut: “Not only did I have enough battery range left, I had plenty. I had at least 40 miles — more than an entire Chevy Volt’s worth of electricity — left to play with. I sped up, cruising over 70, riding in the left lane, mashing the gas pedal just to feel how fast the car could shoot from 65 to 80. I was practically giddy.”

“In the end, I made it — and it wasn’t that hard.”

Watch this video from CNN.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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