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Tesla Model S Road Test Review, Is It Really A Lemon?

Multiple news agencies have reported that the chairman, product architect and CEO of Tesla has issued an official statement in order to respond to recent articles mentioning the somewhat disappointing performance of Tesla Model S.

According to the company chairman, the article did not represent Tesla’s technology and its rear performance by stating that the vehicle failed to meet its standards. The company stated that the vehicle was designed to operate well in cold and hot climates in spite of what the articles say.

The CEO reported that the vehicle is mostly sold in Norway where motorists drive during Arctic winters. The vehicle is also hot in Switzerland where motorists drive the vehicles high among the Alps covered in snow.

The reports show that, although the vehicle is far from being perfect, multiple journalists drove the vehicle in multiple different scenarios: from crossing the Death Valley during summertime, to traveling on a track of pure ice during wintertime in Minnesota. According to the firm, a New York Times journalist drove the vehicle from the snowcapped peaks of the Tahoe to Los Angeles, making use of the Supercharger network for the first time, accounting for 600 miles of constant travel.  The company has stated that because one journalist found one single issue with the Model S vehicle, it doesn’t mean that the vehicle should be dismissed as being a lemon.

According to the article the Tesla CEO has responded to, the journalist experienced certain problems and was left stranded on the road as a result. In the past, according to the CEO, a journalist had written the script for a review article prior to the test itself. The article was later published claiming that the test was cut short because the vehicle ran out of juice, leaving the driver and passengers stranded. They reportedly had to push the vehicle back to the garage after it reportedly ran out of energy.

After that failed test, the company decided to carefully register every road test to make sure that reviewers were not being dishonest.

The CEO decided to look into the matter and publish the facts regarding what actually happened when the vehicle reportedly “ran out of energy”. According to the report, the State of Charge log indicates that the Model S battery did not run out of energy. When the journalist reportedly called the flatbed truck, the vehicle’s battery was still running. Against what Tesla personnel advised the journalist to do, he disconnected the charge cable at 32 miles although the final leg of his trip was 61 miles. According to the journalist, the car did not meet its projected range standard, causing him to be left stranded. According to the official announcement issued by Tesla, the journalist affirms that the vehicle traveled 51 miles even though the “est. remaining range” was 32 miles.

During the last leg of the test drive, the journalist decided to ignore he was driving past a public charge station in spite of the fact the vehicle had repeatedly warned him its engine was low on range.

The journalist claimed the vehicle limped along at 45 mph in spite of the fact the vehicle was driven at speeds from 65 to 81 mph.

Tesla’s chairman goes on to list many other points brought up by the journalist that do not add up, stating that the journalist may have wanted to write a negative review in spite of the good performance.

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