CNN Copies New York Times Route in Tesla Model S; Makes it With Range to Spare (Update w/ Video)


CNN completed the drive that the New York Times could not.

CNN easily completes the drive that the New York Times could not.

It’s not over and Tesla CEO Elon Musk hasn’t kept quiet as Tesla Motors suggested he would.

Though Musk tends to blurt out rather often, we feel this time it’s for the best.

CNN’s Peter Valdes-Dapena essentially copied the route taken by the New York Times in a Tesla Model S and, lo and behold, he completed the journey with range to spare.

Musk continues to tweet away.

Musk continues to tweet away.

Dalpena explains his trip in detail over on CNN Money, but we’re avoiding most of his post (it simply repeats the journey as already described on several occasions by the NY Times ) and instead posting a couple of quotes that tell the gist of the story quite well:

“But as I drove into Connecticut, I realized something amazing. 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.”

“There were some differences with my ride and the one from the New York Times. The weather for mine was about 10 degrees warmer. And I did mine in one day; the reviewer from the Times split it into two.”

“As for the Supercharger network? Turns out that works, too.”

And that’s all folks.  Can we now put to rest “fake” claims made by the New York Times? Our message to Times writer John Broder is quite simple: charge completely, it’s common sense, right?

Update: CNN Video footage:

via CNN Money

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17 Comments on "CNN Copies New York Times Route in Tesla Model S; Makes it With Range to Spare (Update w/ Video)"

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If the Model S was alive it could sue the NYT for defamation of character.


My response to Broder:

Get a job at Fox News.

Is Fox News your “boogy man”?
Will you now use the NYT as a pejorative?

I’m curious when people throw out these barbs for one TV network, yet never for others. NBC has a record for falsifying truck tests; ABC has a record for falsifying Ford car tests; CBS has a record for falsifying Jeep rollover tests and Audi 5000 tests;and, BBC has a record for falsifying EV tests. Let’s not get started with consumer reports.

I offer this not as an attack, just as a inquiry as it seems SO many fans of EVs default to that barb, while never addressing the sordid history of all the networks.

… and Fox News has a reputation of cherry-picking data to cast electrified vehicles in a poor light (which is probably an understatement).

How many stories were on there about “Chevy Volt’s exploding all over the country” when no such thing has ever happened?

You answered your own question. If FOX is bashing EV’s, of course EV fans will call BS on FOX.

If ABC bashes Ford Trucks, of course Ford Truckers will call BS on ABC.

I don’t understand your confusion.


Ofcourse, if CNN had kept the car outside at night without plugging in, it would be a slightly different story.

Broder’s mistake was to highlight his lies, instead of highlighting actual deficiencies of S (like too much range apparently lost overnight, superchargers too far apart).

Perhaps it’s best to compare the differences between the trips?

1. Apparently, Tesla had the driver use “max range” mode which degrades the life of the battery.
2. Weather was much warmer for this trip (Judging by the forecasts for this week in Boston).
3. No overnight parking?
4. Was there a return trip?
5. No data logs provided to verify the claims of the journalist.

I’m not saying that it wasn’t done, I’m just saying that it’s not that comparable without more information.

Peter from CNN mentioned in his article that it was about 10 degrees warmer when compared to John Broder’s trip. I’m not aware of anyone taking measurements, but if Tony Williams’ 1% loss for each 4F he established for the LEAF holds true, then 10 degrees should not translate to more than 5% loss. This would factor in denser air and other losses as well. I think the significant difference between the two attempts is that Peter and Abigail drove up in one day and did not park the car overnight.

Take a look at how Consumer Reports addressed cold weather range reduction of the Model S (although still warmer than the NYT test). Similar reports of range loss overnight to NYT article-actually dropping to 15 miles range remaining on the dash.

If you don’t want to make a long range destination, it’s very easy to accomplish your mission in an EV. It’s also not very hard to make your destination, as long as you simply plan a little and use your common sense.

The warmer weather made all the difference in the world. As long as this has degenerated into a “He said She said” there is not much to be learned regarding the characteristics of the car. Overall, its been extremely educational for me, and I’m looking in from a distance.

Tom, one thing that I’m trying to not let people lose here is unfortunately, he was given bad information by Tesla. “Software Glitches” and “Driving will condition the battery and recover range” never happened, and as such are clearly nonsense.

CNN is mudslinging against the NY Times. Ah how sweet it is, and I’m not referring to the Model S issue.

Maybe they can get that Idiot Piers Morgan (the ex hatchet job Daily Mirror Dude) to pick a find with NYT’s editor.

I’ll be watching CNN a bit more, me thinks.

Hasn’t the Times retracted the article yet?


Not going to be retractions with supporting articles like this:

Bottom line- Tesla’s range estimator in cold weather can be scary when you park overnight and don’t charge and Teslas lose at least 25% of range due to moderately cold weather (low in the 30’s).