Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla responding to the Model S fire:

For consumers concerned about fire risk, there should be absolutely zero doubt that it is safer to power a car with a battery than a large tank of highly flammable liquid.

This says it all.

Exchanging a depleted battery for a fully recharged one in half the time it takes to full a gas tank is great, but how much will it cost?

(Source: TechCrunch)

NY Times public editor Margaret Sullivan defends Mr. Broader’s review of the Tesla Model S:

I am convinced that he took on the test drive in good faith, and told the story as he experienced it. Did he use good judgment along the way? Not especially.

In addition, Mr. Broder left himself open to valid criticism by taking what seem to be casual and imprecise notes along the journey, unaware that his every move was being monitored. A little red notebook in the front seat is no match for digitally recorded driving logs, which Mr. Musk has used, in the most damaging (and sometimes quite misleading) ways possible, as he defended his vehicle’s reputation.

Not knowing that every move was being monitor allowed Mr. Broader to openly interpret his review and not use the real facts; and that’s having integrity? Who is the one misleading who here?

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors laid out the cold hard data that proves John Broder of the New York Times was being dishonest in his review. Tesla started keeping logs for vehicles loaned to the media after the Top Gear incident, I guess Mr Broder had no idea. I can’t ever trust anything he writes again.

Still a 9 month wait for deliver if you want one!

TechCrunch:

Toyota and Tesla announced a new partnership at Tesla’s headquarters in Palo Alto today, the auto makers will collaborate on technology, the development of new electric vehicles and Toyota will purchase $50 million of Tesla’s common stock (to be completed after Tesla’s pending IPO). The press conference featured the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk and TMC President, Akio Toyoda.

This is great news. Hopefully, we’ll see more affordable Tesla cars is the very near future.