Despite the incessant obsession over the innovative Tesla Motors, the company is known to draw ire of owners every now and then. The latest salvo in this well-documented saga is in the form of carefully worded letters sent by the California-based company to Model S owners, suggesting they use the vaunted Supercharger network less and to keep their cars moving as quickly as possible after they are charged.
Tesla has not addressed the motive for the letter, but it appears the company wants to stress that the Model S should be charged at owner’s homes on a daily basis, and the Supercharger network should be used on long distance trips.
The letters first surfaced over at Tesla Motors Club online, where a thread has been posted featuring numerous Model S owners expressing their dismay. According to Autoblog, the thread has reached 700 posts this week, and many owners are wondering at the need for such a tactic when they’ve only used the Supercharger network sparingly – some live as far as 100 miles away from the nearest one. The network of 500 charging stations across the U.S. features nearly 2,800 Superchargers.
Tesla’s Model S is also getting slammed with another public relations hit this week. According to Consumer Reports, which gushed over the Model S with a 99/100 rating, the electric vehicle hits the 0-60 mph sprint in 3.5 seconds, not in the 3.15-second range that Tesla previously touted its P85D Model S can reach.
Consumer Reports tested the $128,000 P85D and found the ‘Insane’ mode “is just mildly crazy,” Autoblog reports. This is of course subjective, as other testers have come up with different results, and in some cases managed to exceed Tesla’s stated numbers. Consumer Reports did have some positive things to add, as the Model S was found to be able to stop in 118 feet when traveling at 60 miles per hour, and 129 feet on wet roads.