Mark Ryan Sallee:
Again, it is crucial to understand that the point of the article was not to test the ability of the car to make the trip. There is no question that if the New York Times author charged the car completely that the trip would pose no problem for the Model S. But charging the car completely takes a lot of time. The goal of the Superchargers is to save time and make electric cars more practical. In my opinion, the charging decisions of the author were practical and reasonable.
I don’t believe Elon Musk is acting intentionally deceptive. His car failed a test, and his natural response was to jump to the defense of the Model S. I do believe Elon’s counter-offense is misguided. It misunderstands what John Broder was aiming to do. And, more worrying, it misunderstands users.
This is one of the best summaries I’ve read of this debacle.