The Savage Truth? New York Times Reviews the Tesla Model S (It’s a Stinker)

Posted on Feb 11 2013 - 7:07pm by Harrison

Capitol Commentary has never really had anything nice to say about electric vehicles because, well, they don’t have many redeeming qualities next to gasoline and diesel powered cars and the latest review of one (Tesla Model S) reinforces this truth.  The headline of the article?

Stalled Out on Tesla’s Electric Highway

We’ll spare you all the gory details but, suffice to say, the cold on the East Coast killed the battery’s range (90 miles when parked at night, 25 miles in the morning, 19 miles after “reconditioning”) and, with nothing on the car functioning, the car had to be dragged (the electric parking brake wouldn’t release) onto a flatbed and towed to a charging station.

The infografic explains it all.

The reporter simply recorded what happened (if only all NYTimes articles were like that!) but the founder and CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, was having nothing of it regarding his car:

We think the article is something of a setup, and it’s pretty unreasonable.

Musk then said the writer took the vehicle on an “extended detour” and “was driving above the speed limit.”

Oh, no!

Imagine getting in your car and… taking a detour or driving above the speed limit!?!?

The horror of it all!

The Model S runs between $60,000.00 and $100,000.00.  I’ve seen a handful of them on the road… they do look very cool and the car is well designed but… it’s an electric how practical could it really be?

Not very, is the answer.

Tesla Model Sa

The Tesla looks like a cross between a Maserati and an Aston Martin.  It is a sight to behold and when it races past you, it’s silent which imparts an almost ethereal glow.

But if the battery gets to 0% it will “brick” which means you’ll be out $40,000 and your insurance (or the warranty) won’t cover it.

We wrote about that in our article titled: Greenie Weenies at Autoblog Butt Hurt About Tesla Bricking News.

The Tesla tested by the NYTimes couldn’t even make it to its destination because the cold killed its battery.

As I wrote nearly a year ago:

I recently took a 3,583 mile roadtrip in a 20 year old, 164,000 mile (at the time) car.  Before I left I checked the fluids and had the engine drive belt replaced (because I didn’t know when the previous owner did it) and that’s about it.  Car started right up every time, sat for a week in near-zero degree temperatures, and I had no problems at all.

I’ve owned this car for 6 months of its 20 years.

Until electric cars reach this level of reliability they will never be accepted by most people.

That’s the real story.

And the U.S. government is funding cars like this because..?

4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Always On Watch February 12, 2013 at 4:46 AM -

    I’ll bet that maintenance costs run high too — at some point, anyway. Battery replacement, for example.

    And just who is certified to work on these vehicles?
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  2. Alex February 12, 2013 at 4:08 PM -

    National Geographic – Tesla Model S :

  3. edge of the sandbox February 13, 2013 at 8:46 PM -

    I can’t imagine why anyone would want it. At least they didn’t call themselves a Smart car. Anything that needs to point out that it’s smart probably isn’t.
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  4. Nick @ Automotive Latest December 16, 2013 at 9:00 PM -

    Hybrids work and have found a place in the American landscape. All electric vehicles will be a tough sell. Most people still want to use their cars for those long road trips and not have to stop and recharge after every hundred miles. In the long run it’s just not a viable concept.
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