A new video showing a woman trying to "gas-up" her Tesla Model S electric vehicle has surfaced and its poster says the video is real. We are not so sure. Let's break it down.
The woman is oddly dressed and is, of course, blonde. That helps the poster to create the clever headling, "Blonde, Tesla and Gas Station - WHAT CAN GO WRONG?" She exits the vehicle having already placed the Model S on the correct side for charging. She does a slow walk around looking for the gasoline fuel port and finds none. Then, without knowing where to look for it, reaches into the Model S and immediately finds the charge port door release. As a vehicle tester, we can assure you that even in gasoline-powered cars, it takes more time than that for us to locate the fuel filler door release even when we know there is one.
Next up the soundtrack. When we record videos with smartphones we are always careful not to talk over the video. It is almost impossible to get right on the fly and leaving the video without spoken words makes editing and final production much easier. The laughter in the video sounds exaggerated to us and we find it odd that there are no spoken words to disrupt the video's flow other than a couple "she's going to do it" type comments softly added.
It also seems odd to us that the person who created the video took the time to obscure the license plate. Why bother? This is something that is done by amateurs or by those thinking there is some reason to do it. For example, to track down the person who owns the vehicle for verification that the video is real.
We don't doubt that the person who was driving the vehicle may have been set up and was actually doing her best to fuel the car, but even that seems like a stretch to us.
What say you? Fake or real? We are leaning toward fake. Tell us your vote in the comments below.