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Tesla Motors (TSLA -2.7%) CEO Elon Musk blasts The New York Times in a series of tweets (I, II,...

Tesla Motors (TSLA -2.7%) CEO Elon Musk blasts The New York Times in a series of tweets (I, II, III) over its weekend test drive of the Model S which went rather poorly. In a nutshell, the exec blames user error for the mishaps and says he will line up more journalists to do the same drive. He also promises that more detailed info on charging data will be released on the Tesla blog. If Musk gives any detail on productions numbers in advance of the company's Q4 report, things could get really exciting.
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  • Cassina Tarsia
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    It is about time! Elon has an incredible track record and I hope that he will set the record straight about what really happened here. My Model S has preformed flawlessly, as I imagine owners of this beautiful car have found. Only if you don't do your homework to understand the basics about the new electric technology will you run into trouble, under most circumstances. That is my experience, anyway. A fabulous, wonderful car that will most likely lead the way to a new type of energy independence if we would just learn how to use it.
    11 Feb 2013, 04:04 PM Reply Like
  • Artaqq
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    In this day and age, expecting a Journalist to do any homework regarding anything is akin to asking a clown to knock off the horse play. It's unfortunate that these incidents have so much bearing on the markets. Go get them, Elon!
    11 Feb 2013, 04:19 PM Reply Like
  • berylrb
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    Let's see Boston to Manhattan right, 210 miles, I believe the current EPA rating is 268 miles and that Tesla's owner manual talks about a 20% drop for winter, and to charge in "storage" mode, not exactly sure what that means, but probably at least plug-in over night.

     

    So this reporter was an idiot to take a vehicle winter rated for 212 miles and not even give it a full charge. Regardless of what the readout was in the evening, not even the most dogged naysayers would think a battery would not further lose charge overnight. Sheesh.

     

    Or, this reporter was a very clever chat who just boosted the NYT's readership by ...
    11 Feb 2013, 04:23 PM Reply Like
  • berylrb
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    oops make that Washington DC, about 208 miles, however, my point is still the same.
    11 Feb 2013, 11:51 PM Reply Like
  • Artaqq
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    Yes. And I love how the article attempts to drum up sympathy for this poor, mindless journalist for having to 'endure freezing feet...' and what a near-death experience it was for him. I feel about as sorry for him as I do well, never mind. I'd better quit there, lest I insult anyone that might come to mind. Suffice it to say, this was an irresponsible article. If it were my newspaper, the article would never have seen the press. It's embarrassing.
    11 Feb 2013, 04:44 PM Reply Like
  • artsci
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    The quality of journalism (it's being generous to call it that) today is dreadful, the New York Times included. And who is the guy's editor? A good editor would never have let this story go up as it was.
    11 Feb 2013, 06:48 PM Reply Like
  • appliance
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    I'm a big fan of tesla and I think Musk is a tenacious btard but fake or not, adding a couple of more charging stations would sooth the waters.
    11 Feb 2013, 09:34 PM Reply Like
  • Slee62090
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    I have been driving my Model S for about 5 weeks and have driven about 1,000 miles a week. I also live in Vermont where we have had several days below Zero.
    How you drive a car like this makes a big difference in how far it will go. If you are an ICE age driver (that's, Internal Combustian Engine age driver) you accelerate and decelerate much more that you need to. My wife and I drive at the same speeds but I usually get about 20% more range than she does. You can also extend your range by charging the last 10% of the battery just before you start driving. Charging warms the battery which can improve your milage.
    It is unfortunate that this reporter didn't learn about the how this car works before he began is trip.
    11 Feb 2013, 09:38 PM Reply Like
  • headtrader
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    I have been exposed to Wall Street my entire life. I have worked for Merrill Lynch and Thomson Mckinnon Securities in the 80's.
    I use to be former Senior Trader, SROP, Compliance Official, and General Partner amongst other things for Gintel & Company. We ran a Money Management arm and three no load, non diversified mutual funds. Stocks like Tesla have always been up our alley. They are on the cutting edge and you have to think out of the box.
    11 Feb 2013, 11:13 PM Reply Like
  • cjo8
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    Or possibly shorting the stock
    11 Feb 2013, 11:14 PM Reply Like
  • headtrader
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    Yes you can short the stock. However if you owned the stock and lent it out during the height of the short position period , depending on the brokerage firm , you could have made anywhere between 15% and 28% on your stock at best.
    12 Feb 2013, 08:43 AM Reply Like
  • Agnes59
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    Not!!!
    14 Feb 2013, 09:44 AM Reply Like
  • deetsm1957
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    I do not believe the market responded as much to the ridiculous article as much as the fact there was a misunderstanding as when the earnings report was coming out. Market watch apologized for the mistake and things got better from there.
    11 Feb 2013, 11:17 PM Reply Like
  • headtrader
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    I own a red Model S car and I usually put 25,000 miles a year on my cars. You have to understand and think when you travel specifically if you travel a lot to avoid the pitfalls of running out of juice. Its a superb car and I am loving it here in Florida. I need to charging cables though...one for the house and one to keep in the car since I use it a good deal.

     

    The best part about the car aside from its fuel efficiency is that it is made in AMERICA!
    11 Feb 2013, 11:18 PM Reply Like
  • Homewood6
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    I have been loving my "S" for 4 months now...over 4,500 miles driven without missing a beat. I drove from Los Angeles to San Diego this weekend (135 miles each direction) with 3 passengers and luggage. I plugged into a standard 110 volt outlet overnight, one hour at lunchtime at a Charge Pont station and still had 14 miles to spare when I returned to my home. Yes I put the car into range mode as that is the recommendation by Tesla. The only reality to the NYT reporter is that he must be jealous of great American engineering and success. My Tesla "S" is the best car I have ever driven or owned. Great work Elon and shame on the NYT!!!!!
    12 Feb 2013, 12:33 AM Reply Like
  • Leftydhs
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    Have had my 'S' for three weeks now. Drove it recently from La Quinta, CA to Woodland Hills, CA, a distance of 161 miles door to door. Started with a full charge of EPA rated 265 miles and drove it mostly like I would drive any other car (averaged around 72-75 MPH). Upon arrival, still had 85 miles, rated range left. For me, the car seems to be performing flawlessly, so far.
    12 Feb 2013, 04:20 PM Reply Like
  • DanoX
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    Why would you drive an electric car and not charge it overnight, makes no sense, like having a phone or tablet and not plugging in.
    13 Feb 2013, 02:05 AM Reply Like
  • Bbeaudoin
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    I have owned a Tesla Motors Roadster since Apr 2012. I waited for this car in Australia for a long time, and I love driving this car! Now the My Roadster gets 397 kilometers on a full charge, (charge in performance mode, use in range mode) and I have driven up to Blue Mountains from Sydney ( 160kms one way to the town I go to) and back again on one charge, usually arriving at home with 50+IMS 'in the tank', to use an ICE term.

     

    The journalist who penned the article didn't do his homework, or thought he could bluff it, instead of LEARNING how this new technology works. By the way, the distance traveled is 199 miles, which means the Roadster could 'just' make the trip to the charge station, the Model S has 100kms more range than the Roadster, so the 'journalist' is just 'EV Stupid'.

     

    Patiently waiting for my Model S in Oz.....

     

    Bernie
    13 Feb 2013, 04:57 AM Reply Like
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