Fisker, Tesla and the Chevy Volt on the John Batchelor radio show

From the John Batchelor radio show website:

Thursday 14 March 2013 / Hour 4, Block A: LouAnn Hammond,, in re:TESLA Lays off 100 Workers Due to New York Times Article Cancellations … TESLA Lays off 100 Workers Due to NYT Article Cancellations? … no idea of the scope of the cancellations, judging by the 100 person layoffs, … Share

If you recall, a few weeks ago, a New York Times journalist, John Broder, wrote an article about the TESLA Model S about his drive along the east coast and talked about how flawed the vehicle was and that it’s range was poor. Elon Musk fired back at him with a plethora of data collected from the vehicle. Elon used the data to support the argument that John Broder already had an outcome that he was expecting to achieve by driving the TESLA and that John’s test drive or review of the vehicle was unfair for many reasons. Looking at the evidence and the subsequent reviews of the TESLA Model S by other press that found no issues (taking the same route), we can see that John Broder was in the wrong. The New York Times apologized for the article and all was done.

Henrik Fisker, founder and executive chairman of struggling plug-in hybrid vehicle maker Fisker Automotive, has resigned. In an email today to Automotive News. Henrik Fisker, referring to himself in the third person, said: “The main reasons for his resignation are several major disagreements that Henrik Fisker has with the Fisker Automotive executive management on the business strategy.” Fisker confirmed his resignation in a phone interview and declined to comment further. Tony Posawatz, who became president and CEO of the company in August, said this morning that he had just been made aware of the resignation. Posawatz previously was vehicle line director for the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. Asked how the company was faring, Posawatz said, “We’re in the midst of some serious negotiating.”

How are Chevy Volt sales? Is 2,000 unit’s a month good enough for General Motors?

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and the Concept Car of the Year, and former member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year #NACTOY. She is a guest contributor for Via Corsa magazine and Vicarious magazine.