Tesla electric car row goes up a gear as New York Times journalist hits back

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Tesla electric car row goes up a gear as New York Times journalist hits back

John M Broder has responded to claims he deliberately let the electric car run out of power before testdriving the vehicle
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Adam Vaughan

guardian.co.uk, Friday 15 February 2013 13.00 GMT

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The journalist John M Broder drove the Tesla Model S car from Washington DC New England for a review published last week in the New York Times. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

The New York Times journalist involved in a war of words with US electric car company Tesla Motors over how far its new $101,000 luxury car can go between charges range has hit back over claims he deliberately let the car run out of power.

The journalist John M Broder drove the Model S car from Washington DC to New England for a review published last week, in which he recounted having to have the car taken away on a flatbed truck because the car’s battery had run flat, despite a network of fast-charging points designed to make the trip viable. The review sparked a furious response from Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk, who subsequently published data logs from the car which he said showed the car “never had a chance with John Broder”.

John M Broder has responded to claims he deliberately let the electric car run out of power before testdriving the vehicle
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The journalist John M Broder drove the Tesla Model S car from Washington DC New England for a review published last week in the New York Times. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

The New York Times journalist involved in a war of words with US electric car company Tesla Motors over how far its new $101,000 luxury car can go between charges range has hit back over claims he deliberately let the car run out of power.

The journalist John M Broder drove the Model S car from Washington DC to New England for a review published last week, in which he recounted having to have the car taken away on a flatbed truck because the car’s battery had run flat, despite a network of fast-charging points designed to make the trip viable. The review sparked a furious response from Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk, who subsequently published data logs from the car which he said showed the car “never had a chance with John Broder”.

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