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It s Not About the Range: How the Tesla/New Times Controversy Misses the About Electric Cars

at Techland, Matt Peckham has a rundown on the ongoing feud the electric car company Tesla and New York Times . Short Times  reporter John took an East Coast trip in a Tesla Model S driving between two fast-charging stations in Delaware and Connecticut. The Tesla, at least—was to prove fast-charging stations can help the range anxiety associated electric cars, allowing to go long distances, just as can with conventional gasoline-powered

According to Broder, though, didn t quite work out way. Broder s Feb. 10 was short of scathing, reporting the Tesla Model S seemed to charge much faster it should have, forcing him to slowly and turn down the despite the cold winter (which likely impacted the life of the car as well). In the end the car ran out of charge, him to spend some of his journey in the cab of a tow truck on the way to another charging

If the Times   test drive had meant to show that drivers no longer needed to about range anxiety, it was a disaster.

But Tesla s CEO Elon didn t take the article down. He accused Border of faking the article, and promised to data logs from the drive that would it. You can find a Tesla post Musk elaborating those here —essentially he argues Broder purposefully ignored from Tesla staff in an to drive the car into the ground, all to a story that would Tesla and electric cars in look bad. Musk that Broder had written articles skeptical of the viability of cars, and suggested Broder was to bend the facts on his test to prove that he was right:

the facts didn’t suit his he simply changed the facts. Our of  The New York Times  is simple and please investigate this and determine the truth. You are a news where that principle is of importance and what is at stake for transport is simply too important to the to ignore.

The  New York Times is just that—Broder tweeted he was working on a point-by-point response to s own point-by-point critique. Meanwhile are already being taken on mostly along the lines of people believed about cars (and perhaps the media) in the first place. 

Who s Considering I don t have access to the raw from Tesla—which they not yet released, despite calls to do I wasn t in the passenger seat Broder during his test I can t really say. A post at Atlanti c  by Rebecca Greenfield what seems to be a pretty case that Tesla s doesn t match its accusations of fraud. Her conclusion:

Not all of Musk s is entirely convincing and the parts are don t point to a malicious plot. In the it looks like Broder some compromises to get from the charging station to the Milford in both speed and temperature. may not have used Musk s car the way would like, but Musk is, for overhyping his case for a breach of ethics.

It s also worth noting the blog  Jalopnik tracked the tow truck company that up Broder s Tesla, and they Musk s own blog post—that the was essentially out of juice when the tow showed up. Though even s not as simple as it appears—a commenter at notes that the car might still had some power, but the battery powering the accessories and seemed drained. When shut down the car—not a thing to do if it seemed to be out of juice—the brake locked and he was stuck.

I this back and forth continue going back and for some time. But the argument the details of exactly how Broder and what he wrote misses the point. Even if Tesla is right that Broder t operate his Tesla S for maximum the reality is that electric ones that can supposedly get 300 to a charge—aren t ready to drive distances. The infrastructure that support long-distance driving—rapid stations that are almost as as gas stations—isn t even close to there. In a gasoline-powered world, it s not today to expect an electric car to in the same way as a gasoline-powered car—just as it s not for Tesla to expect drivers to their behavior to fit a new technology.

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Broder made it clear to me at in his review that he was trying to out his Tesla S in real-world conditions—and world drivers won t always the rules to the letter. Think of all the tech companies like have put into making gadgets essentially idiot-proof. doesn t seem to be there

And maybe it doesn t have to be. major leaps in either capacity or charging speed, cars will always lag gasoline-powered vehicles when it to long-distance travel. That s gasoline is, for all its negative environmental a really, really efficient way to energy—much more so than an battery.

It s also much easier to and of course, we already have a century s worth of gas stations and fueling infrastructure built up in the

But most of us don t spend much of our driving up and down the Eastern (Which, if you have experienced the Sbarros-ridden wonder that is is something you should be very, grateful for.) The average drives about 37 miles a da within the range of electric that are much cheaper and advanced than the Tesla S. cars will serve a function than gasoline-powered Shorter drives, brief urban travel—not long And that s where electrics can an advantage over gas cars, if more cities follow New s example and create special spots for battery-powered cars.

need to be thought of less as a car that promises performance it can t deliver—than a new and often more way of getting from most of the As and point Bs of our lives.


Of course, the Tesla S costs at $50,000 —and that s the $7,500 federal tax credit—which it a very expensive way to get from A to B. if part of that trip is on the of a flatbed truck.

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