As we eagerly await Tesla's blog post, which we're now led to believe will almost completely refute cold-weather range claims made against the Tesla Model S by The New York Times, we've decided that the proper course of action here is to analyze some of the specifics related to the claims made by The Times and to compare those claims with Tesla's own information regarding the Model S' real-world range.
Here's a look at how Tesla details the range of the Model S:
Range estimates as provided by Tesla's team of battery engineers.
It's obvious from the graphic above that speed impacts range, so the next logical question is "How fast did NY Times reviewer John Broder drive the Model S?"
While we don't yet have access to all of the vital data, this NY Times graphic tells portions of the story quite well:
NY Times graphic on Model S review. (click to enlarge)
Tons of useful information can be gleaned from this graphic provided directly by The NY Times, but what leaps out at us (courtesy of some avid Reddit users) is that Broder covered the first leg of his journey (114 miles) in only 84 minutes. That translates to an average speed of approximately 81 miles per hour.
Though this first leg is not where Broder had issues with range, it does seem to suggest a heavy-footed driver with no interest in maximizing range. Let's point out that, if driven at such a high rate of speed, no gas-burning vehicle comes even close to its EPA-rated highway mpg. This is common sense. Yes?
And several Reddit users called out Broder for some obvious discrepancies. A screen grab of just a portion of that conversation is posted below.
Reddit post in response to NY Times review of Model S.
We guarantee that this story if far from over. It's quite likely that Tesla Motors and The New York Times are in discussions at the moment trying to decipher all the data and details. Though Tesla CEO Musk was quick to speak out, automaker Tesla Motors will definitely take a more cautious and thought-out approach to this matter. We hope to bring you data and detail directly from Tesla Motors at some point today, but that's dependent upon Tesla releasing the information in a timely manner.
Update: Rebuttal posted by NY Times writer John Broder. Click here. Still no official word from Tesla.