Tesla Model S Owners Crowdsource Trip To Counter NY Times Report

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2013 Tesla Model S before DC-to-Boston road trip, Feb 2013 [photo: Aaron Schildkraut]

2013 Tesla Model S before DC-to-Boston road trip, Feb 2013 [photo: Aaron Schildkraut]

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It's been a week of Tesla Model S hullabaloo, centered around last Sunday's critical New York Times road test, Stalled Out on Tesla's Electric Highway.

Now a set of defiant Tesla Model S owners are setting out to prove Times reporter John Broder wrong.

They will replicate his trip from Maryland to Connecticut, fully recharging their electric luxury sport sedans to show that the cars are quite capable of making the trip he couldn't.

Three cars will set off at about 11 am tomorrow from the Tesla Service Center in Rockville, Maryland.

Two hours later, they'll arrive at the Delaware SuperCharger site and connect with three additional Model S drivers, setting off fully charged by 3 pm or so.

They'll stop again at the Milford, Connecticut, SuperCharger and recharge their cars to full.

Three drivers will even stay at a hotel in Groton, Connecticut, just as Broder did--returning the next morning to the MIlford SuperCharger to recharge once again.

After that, all the drivers will head home.

"We are trying to replicate the trip as closely as possible," said driver Aaron Schildkraut, "but showing that with proper full charges (and even not plugging in overnight at the hotel) that the trip can be made."

The owners have asked Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] for access to their cars' data logs afterward, to provide the same level of detail that Tesla offered in Musk's rebuttal post, A Most Peculiar Test Drive.

A Twitter account, TeslaRoadTrip, has already been set up so that team members can post regular updates during the weekend. Perhaps Tesla's tweet-happy CEO, Elon Musk, will RT some of their updates.

The plans stemmed from various discussions on the Tesla Motors Club forum. The plan to crowdsource drives that will ostensibly disprove Broder's reporting grew over just a few days.

We'll bring you more details on Monday about how the trip played out.

Meanwhile, for more details on the spat, read our full account of the discrepancies between the Times and Tesla accounts as of yesterday morning.

What do you think? Will the Model S owners make it?

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