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Seven Tesla Owners Take to the Road to Prove NYT Journalist Wrong

February 16, 2013

By Gilbert Falso :: 2:03 PM

Tesla cars charge on their roadtrip.By now, you’ve probably heard about the saga of the New York Times’ journalist and the Tesla electric car trip and review gone awry. In summary, NYT writer John Broder took a Tesla Model S automobile for a trip from Maryland to Connecticut, and wrote a scathing review of the car when it didn’t perform as he had expected it would.

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk cried foul, and took to the Internet, social media, and traditional media outlets to rake Broder over the coals, and attempted to use data from the car’s sensors to back up his findings. Things turned ugly for a while.

Now, seven Tesla owners are trying to set the record straight about their cars, and have hit the road and are Tweeting out data and information about their trip along the way from the Twitter account @TeslaRoadTrip.

Sensors on board the cars track everything from speed to battery levels to inside and outside temperature. As an example, here is one of the Tweets sent out by the car’s data connection: “meterreader22 is currently driving about 65 mph, battery level 58%, 141.31 miles range. #telemetry #TeslaRoadTrip.”

These seven drivers hope to show that Broder was incorrect in his article, and pushed the car to limits that most normal Tesla drivers would not take with an electric automobile that requires certain times and levels of charging before it can be expected to make such a drive.