Charles Lane reports that John Broder of the New York Times was test driving an electric car, a Tesla Model S when its battery ran down leaving him and the car stranded.
Broder’s trip turned into a nightmare, including a stretch with the conked-out car riding the back of a flatbed truck.
Tesla chief executive Elon Musk fired back on Monday, tweeting that Broder’s report is a “fake” and that “vehicle logs” show he “didn’t actually charge to max & took a long detour.”
The Times is standing by its story. My take is that even if Musk is 100 percent right and Broder is 100 percent wrong — which I doubt — Musk loses.
Who wants a $101,000 car that might die just because you feel like taking “a long detour”?
President Obama repeatedly declared that, with enough federal aid, we can put a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. His administration has invested about $5 billion in grants, guaranteed loans — including $465 million for Tesla — and tax incentives to buyers.
The administration’s fixation on electric cars and spending massive amounts of our dollars on the pipe dream is just another example of the way they have been wasting trillions. This is intentional. It’s not about electric cars or wind powered electricity. It’s about destroying the US dollar. It’s working, too.
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