Tesla Motors, Model S, And NY Times: Google+ Hangout Video

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Tesla Motors, a notorious review in The New York Times of its Model S electric sedan, and the company's future were the topics of discussion last week among High Gear Media editors during a Google+ Hangout on Air video chat.

The participants were editorial director Marty Padgett, social media manager Joel Feder, and Green Car Reports editor John Voelcker.

The first topic was the recent New York Times Model S review, and the less-than-pleased reaction by Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA].

That review ended with a dead Model S being loaded onto a flat-bed truck due to a dead battery. Tesla released data logs from the test car, which showed discrepancies with what the journalist had written.

This led to a deeper discussion on how the fallout from the Times revew could affect car reviews and automotive journalism in future. Should automakers save data on all drives by reporters in their cars? Is it appropriate for automakers to track what journalists do in press vehicles?

Before wrapping up the video chat, the team discussed what Tesla might say during its quarterly earnings call, which took place just a few hours after the discussion was recorded.

If you weren't able to watch the video live, you're in luck. It's now on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

After you've watched the video, let us know your thoughts on the Tesla/New York Times situation--and what effect it should have on future automotive reviews--in the Comments below.


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Comments (5)
  1. John Voelcker will always stress how incredibly hard it is for a start up car company to survive but I don't think pointing at Chrysler as the youngest surviving US carcompany is all that meaningful because doing EVs is a fundamentally different thing. EV drivetrains don't pose anything near the engineering challenges the ICE poses like noise, vibrations, the need to offer a large range of engine/transmission types and the incessant need for further development of those powertrains to deal with the latest fuel economy and emission standards.

    Once the drive train technology is developed new models can be developed at relatively low cost nor do Model S profits need to pay for that; they only need to prove Tesla's viability to investors.

  2. John Voelcker--what's the link for the NYT article test drive from LA to Las Vegas. Can't find it anywhere.

  3. @Addie: Here it is, though you may not have been able to find it because I misspoke. It was from *Lake Tahoe* to Los Angeles, not Vegas. My apologies!


  4. And that's why I said I thought it was Motor Trend who did LA to Vegas, because it was them. And NYT did it from Lake Tahoe to LA. ;-)

  5. Thanks much John! New Model S delivery window April 1st-15th. I'm so excited! :)

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