February 9, 2013

Tesla Model S Horror Story

A Tesla Model S horror story.

John Broder in NYTimes 
But the Model S had other ideas. “Car is shutting down,” the computer informed me. I was able to coast down an exit ramp in Branford, Conn., before the car made good on its threat.

Tesla’s New York service manager, Adam Williams, found a towing service in Milford that sent a skilled and very patient driver, Rick Ibsen, to rescue me with a flatbed truck. Not so quick: the car’s electrically actuated parking brake would not release without battery power, and hooking the car’s 12-volt charging post behind the front grille to the tow truck’s portable charger would not release the brake. So he had to drag it onto the flatbed, a painstaking process that took 45 minutes. Fortunately, the cab of the tow truck was toasty.

A horror story or teething problems?

Regardless, a car that is supposed to be in full production should not have these kinds of issues.

Tesla CEO, instead of dispensing battery advice for Boeing 787, should focus on fixing Telsa battery issues.

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