Tesla Motors stepped on a lot of toes back when it launched the Model S , an all-electric sedan that proved quite popular with North American consumers. Sure, the EV is far from being perfect, and it’s not even that affordable, but it delivers great performance and good range.
When a couple of these sedans caught fire last year due to damaged battery packs, the California-based automaker received a lot of heat from anti-Tesla "movements" and had to come up with a new, titanium underbody shield . Well, it appears Elon Musk’s company can’t catch a break as some crazy flyers started showing up on the windshield of Model S cars in the San Francisco area.
The printed page contains a so-called "consumer alert" message that accuses Tesla of having been involved in "organized crime" and bribing "Congress people and federal staff" to get initial funding for the Model S. What’s more, it also claims the company "buys" car reviews and pays journalists to write only favorable articles about its product. Funny, we’ve done Model S reviews and never received a check signed by Mr. Musk himself.
The flyer even goes as far as to claim that Tesla drivers, who have a "higher-than-average inclination towards strange sexual behavior, drugs and risk", are supporting both corruption and spying. Why spying you may ask? Well, the anti-Tesla writing is quoting a secret partnership between the automaker and Google — "the worlds largest surveillance company".
But that’s not all. These giggle-inducing arguments are accompanied by absurd theories that have no scientific backing whatsoever, such as the fact that Tesla’s lithium ion batteries can blow up and lead to "catastrophic fires" if they "get wet or bumped". Making things even more ridiculous is a conspiracy-like assumption saying Tesla investors urged the U.S. invasion into Afghanistan! Should we bother to mention that Tesla was established two years after NATO intervened in the said country?
This manifesto could very well be some sort if joke, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the flyers came from a disturbed group of people having trouble getting a good night’s sleep over unfounded issues with Tesla Motors.
Click past the jump to read more about the Tesla Model S and to see the flyer for yourself.
Why it Matters
Really it doesn’t, because this little letter is worth about as much — maybe a little less than — the paper is was printed on. It is just someone out to get a few kicks by putting these notes on cars or someone that has a personal vendetta against Tesla. Either way, it’s worth a good laugh.
Introduced in 2012, the Tesla Model S is probably the best electric car ever built so far in terms of performance and range. Sold in three guises — 60 kWh, 85 kWh and 85 kWh Performance — the sedan returns between 208 and 265 miles of range. Its acceleration figures are also impressive: the entry-level model needs just 5.9 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph, while the Performance version hits the same speed in 4.2 seconds. Pricing begins from $69,900 before the $7,500 federal tax credit and any other state incentives.