CNN Is Now Trying To Drive The Tesla Model S From D.C. To Boston

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As I write this, journalists from CNNMoney are attempting to do what the New York Times failed to do: drive from Washington to Boston in a Tesla Model S, making use of the company's innovative Supercharger stations along the way. Will they pull it off?

CNNMoney staffers Abigail Bassett and Peter Valdes-Dapena are currently driving the same route that Times reporter John Broder attempted last month. In case you haven't been following things, Broder said the car wasn't up to the task and ran out of juice along the way, but Tesla chief Elon Musk said Broder purposely rigged the test and lied in his story

As many people have said, the only way to know if Broder's attempt was legit or not is for other journalists to do the same. That's what Bassett and Valdes-Dapena are doing right now. (I'm in D.C. too and I'm a little sad I wasn't invited, but I think I'll get over it.)


Broder's story claimed the car's range was hampered by cold weather. He did his drive on January 23 and 24. On those days, the high temperatures were around 28 degrees in D.C., 21 in Newark, 20 in New York and 24 in Connecticut, according to

Today, the high should around 50 in D.C., and New York, as well as around 45 in Newark and 42 in Connecticut. In other words, it's quite a bit warmer than when Broder did his drive. Will it be an apples-to-apples test? Probably not, but no two drives are ever identical. 


We'll certainly be following these two to see if they pull it off, and you should too. 

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It's good that other media company is trying out the car and reporting back their own experience.  

I think that there is one issue that is being overlook.  Or maybe us jalops are dinosaurs.  But isn't having a car is part of having the freedom to go where we want, and when we want? It seems that having a Tesla, or any other EV (minus the Volt) restricts your freedom.  If on a road trip, you decides to take a scenic route, or you are in a hurry to go somewhere where you need to put the hammer down.  The idea of using a EV, in its current state, and infrastructure that's available, limits the freedom one is afforded with personal transportation. With an EV, you have to plan the route you are going to take, not deviating too much from it, and trying to get the maximum distance with a single charge etc.  Also, is charging a battery an hour or so in the middle of a road trip really acceptable to people in general?  

Don't get me wrong, I would like to see Tesla do well.  But it seems to me that we are trying to fit a round square peg in a round hole.