• fb_100003895554030 avatar Samuel Posted: 2/15/2013 8:33am PST

    It's the age old conundrum of saving time or saving money (or gas in this case). The Model S is currently the only electric car in the world that can feasibly do a road trip. Except when doing road trips, you never have to wait for your car to charge. It does that while you are at work, sleeping in your bed, or any random place you decide to stop that has an EV charger.
    Data is data. The facts derived from the data are that Broder was not using common sense and didn't follow instructions like he said he did. You do have to plug it in at night, just like a smartphone. Carrying an extension cord is really not a big deal.
    People are also missing the point. This car is an awesome car. The throttle response is positively breathtaking!

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 2/15/2013 10:11am PST

    Judging from Broder's response (http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/12/the-charges-are-flying-over-a-test-of-teslas-charging-network/), he understands the importance of plugging in electric cars overnight under normal conditions. However, Broder's test wasn't exactly meant to simulate "normal conditions": "This evaluation was intended to demonstrate its practicality as a 'normal use,' no-compromise car, as Tesla markets it. Now that Tesla is striving to be a mass-market automaker, it cannot realistically expect all 20,000 buyers a year (the Model S sales goal) to be electric-car acolytes who will plug in at every Walmart stop."

  • iGerrez avatar iGerrez Posted: 3/2/2013 11:10am PST

    I dare say Mr. Broder would not set out on the same trip in a vehicle with a combustion engine after having pumped a buck fifty worth of premium, or heck, even fifteen dollars worth for this "test". Had he taken either approach his delays and frustration, even the temperature of his fingers and fanny would've suffered similarly, if not worse. He would have had to make so many stops that the same trip would be all but pointless. His "report" was similarly pointless.
    There are certain behaviors expected of responsible drivers - no matter what means of energy consumption his vehicle requires. Mr. Broder has yet again allowed his bias to get the better of him. He should be ashamed and should apologize. The NYT should print a retraction ASAP.

  • fb_733916135 avatar Damon Posted: 2/14/2013 1:18pm PST

    So I can recharge my electric car for "several hours" or fill my gas tank in a couple minutes? That's my choice here? Great technology, guys. Way to go.

  • john_v avatar John Posted: 2/15/2013 9:31am PST

    @Damon: Electric cars are not for everyone, including perhaps you. Neither are Corvettes.

  • Cfthelin avatar Cfthelin Posted: 2/15/2013 2:40pm PST

    Does every Tesla have a detailed flight recorder -- or just the loaners? That seems like a fair thing but the driver should be made aware of it.
    BTW, if the g'mnt/auto industry/insurance industry/legal industry have their way, all motor vehicles will. Large OTR trucks are already there. Unions will bitch about it.

  • Cfthelin avatar Cfthelin Posted: 2/15/2013 2:42pm PST

    Huh? Why was my comment disabled?