It sometimes reads like a penalizing love story, the relationship between Consumer Reports and electric car corporation Tesla. Consumer Reports withheld its tendernes, Tesla addresses its wayward courses and not long subsequently, the two return blithely together until the next gondola review.
We saw this happen in late 2015, when Consumer Reports designated Tesla’s Model S a “worse-than-average” rating in an annual report about the predicted reliability of brand-new vehicles, knocking down the company’s share cost by more than 10 percentage in one day. Later, the car was re-instated by Consumer Reports as a top-rated ultra-luxury sedan after consumers said its reliability had improved, and it revised its software to include automated disaster braking at route speeds.
Something similar happened today. As you may have experienced, Consumer Reports last week withheld general recommendation to buy Tesla’s more compact luxury car, the Model 3, after its testers” located flaws–big flaws–such as long end intervals in our emergency braking exam and difficult-to-use controls .”
Specifically, the outlet reported, the car’s stopping interval of 152 feet from 60 miles per hour was ” far worse than any contemporary automobile” it has researched and” about seven hoofs longer than the stopping interval of a Ford F-1 50 full-sized pickup ,” which weighs about 7, 000 pounds.( The Model 3 weighs approximately half that sum .)
Tesla told Consumer Reports that its own measuring had acquired stopping distances from 60 mph to 0 mph were on average 133 feet. Still, Tesla CEO Elon Musk also climbed on the phone with Consumer Reports’s heads of state of vehicle researching to share information that Tesla had discovered about its braking plan and to say the carmaker had an over-the-air software update in the works to address it.
The update had now been been completed and carried, and now Consumer Reports is both is proof that Tesla managed to improve the car’s braking interval by 20 hoofs and it says it’s giving the Model 3 its highly sought-after recommendation — even while it hopes Tesla will likewise do more to improve the car’s center-mounted touch ensures, which its testers worry are difficult to use while driving.
It’s easy to differentiate the whole act as some sort of routine dance between reviewer and reviewee, but it’s a very big batch than that holds Consumer Reports, which has been reviewing products for 82 times and remains a powerful army, even while its influence has decreased somewhat in the era of anonymous online reviews.
Indeed, the outlet memoranda in its newest review of the car that, until now, remote progress to a car’s basic functionality on such a meaningful magnitude as Tesla precisely plucked off was ” unheard of .”
That kind of observance clearly pleases Musk, who launched a tirade against the media last week but today is praising Consumer Reports for its” high quality critical feedback .” He also says that more betterments are coming.
Really recognize the high quality critical the information received from @ConsumerReports. Road noise& travel consolation already addressed too. UI betterments arriving via remote software update later this month. https :// t.co/ ZMLPJxmPlM
— Elon Musk (@ elonmusk) May 30, 2018