The company's chairman and CEO Elon Musk says that there are some "inaccuracies" in the Times' review of his company's Tesla Model S.
Tesla, the electric car maker, has made good on its promise of releasing logs connected to the contested New York Times' review of its Model S.
In the review, published Sunday, the Times' John Broder criticized the Model S for range issues and for problems in low-temperature environments. Tesla's founder and CEO, Elon Musk, has wasted no time trying to discredit the review, claiming that Broder's account of what happened was not factual.
Here's a brief list of issues Musk gleaned from the logs:
"When the facts didn't suit his opinion, he simply changed the facts," Musk said of Broder. "Our request of The New York Times is simple and fair: please investigate this article and determine the truth."
According to Musk, his company years ago faced some issues with a review by television show Top Gear. That experience, in which the show "pretended that our car ran out of energy and had to be pushed back to the garage," prompted him to closely monitor media reviews.
"While the vast majority of journalists are honest, some believe the facts shouldn't get in the way of a salacious story," Musk wrote in a blog post yesterday, justifying his company's use of monitoring technology in cars tapped for media reviews.
Broder has yet to respond publicly to Musk's latest charges, but he did share his two cents in a column on Tuesday responding to some of the claims Musk published on Twitter (and are also in the latest blog post). He started off his defense quite bluntly: "my account [of the test drive] was not fake."
The Times writer went on to say that while certain recommendations by Tesla weren't followed, including that he "should have plugged in the car overnight in Connecticut, particularly given the cold temperature," he tried to frame his review around "practicality" and "normal use."
"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," Broder argued.
Given the back-and-forth that has already occurred around this review, expect Broder to respond to Musk's claims.