Contrary to today’s headlines, Tesla has not “confirmed” anything about Model III driving range. Sigh. When will reporters stop peeking over each other’s shoulders in class and repeating the wrong answers? Journalism 101: Always go to the source material for the truth instead of assuming other reporters know what they’re talking about. Tesla did not “confirm” anything to anybody in any interview. Here’s the source material. Skip to 34:00 for Elon’s mention of range and 36:00 for JB Straubel’s mention.
Musk’s comment was wrongly paraphrased in this article. Then came the re-blogging etc. and suddenly we have a tall tale about Model III range, yet without any direct quote. There’s your first sign of trouble.
“Confirming” the Model III’s range in June 2015 is tantamount to confirming how many angels fit on the head of a pin, or how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall. Tesla wouldn’t do such a thing.
However . . .
It sure seems that electric car cost and range are about to move quickly downward and upward respectively. Even Tesla’s guesstimations might prove conservative. The tipping point might prove violent indeed, and gas prices be damned. As stated before on these pages, Tesla sells excitement first, ROI formulae second. But when the ROI math suddenly falls within the not-stupid zone? Look out. Here comes the next Prius, except handsome and fun to drive. Confirmed! Uh, probably.