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.
NYC protesters defy curfew — with a profane message for Mayor Bill de Blasio
Protesters in New York City continued to march after 8 p.m. on Tuesday -- in open defiance of a curfew order from Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Jan Ransom, who covers courts and jails for The New York Times, posted video of protesters chanting, "f*ck your curfew."
Wonder what protesters think about @NYCMayor’s 8 pm curfew?
Just listen. pic.twitter.com/8H38XNGfQt
— Jan Ransom (@Jan_Ransom) June 2, 2020
Protesters march on mayor’s mansion in NYC as criticism grows against Bill de Blasio
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been highly criticized for his response to the protests against police violence.
The mayor has been criticized by protesters and the press for violence inflicted by the New York Police Department.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly blasted the city's response.
Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) also criticized the mayor, for not doing his job.
Here are some of the scenes of protesters marching on Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the mayor of NYC. Built in 1799, NYPD is trying to protect the building.