The excitement continues with Elon Musk providing the data logs of the fateful winter trip from Delaware to Connecticut of the Tesla Model S.
I have reviewed the data in the charts that Elon provided and I can safely claim Elon is a bigger liar than John Broder of the New York Times. The following is my basis:
Elon tells us that “Broder in fact drove at speeds from 65 mph to 81 mph for a majority of the trip and at an average cabin temperature setting of 72 F.”
Broder drove at an average speed of approximately 64 MPH and did drive for a while at 40 MPH and drove for over 98% of the time at a speed between 52 MPH and 72 MPH. Point 1 to Broder
The average cabin temperature was approximately 70.5 degrees and not 72 degrees as claimed by Musk and for almost 50 miles of the trip was at 64.5 degrees. Point 2 to Broder
What Elon did by providing the data logs is he actually provided me with real information on the efficiency of the Model S. From the logs I derived that the Model S needed a total of 201.5 kilowatt hours (kwh) to travel 540 miles. This means the model S needs 0.373 kwh per mile. The US EPA states the car will need 0.379 kwh/mile. Broder therefore drove it very similarly to the way the EPA had modeled driving conditions.
Elon on the other hand claimed in his Tesla web site that the 85 kwh Model S would attain a range of 300 miles at 55 MPH and 265 miles under the EPA test. The EPA data show their estimate of range is only 224.5. The way Broder drove the car using every available kwh of stored power his range per full charge would be 227.8 miles. Elon is fibbing about the 265 miles EPA range, therefore point 3 to Broder.
I guess I have to be like Judge Judy in The People’s Court and determine who lied the most. I therefore rule that Musk is the biggest liar and as Judge Judy says “are you an idiot!!!” to give us all this evidence against you.
PS happy Valentine’s Day and this spat between Musk and Broder is the 2013 reenactment of the massacre.