• Dec 22nd 2008 at 2:47PM
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The internet was abuzz after Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson performed the British show's first test of the Tesla Roadster. As expected, the video was full of beautiful images and that distinctly British form of humour. Tesla Motors response to Top Gear's review once again sent the interwebs aflutter, after it was revealed that the TV show may have taken a few liberties with the Roadster's facts, notably when suggesting that the electric car suddenly ran out of juice while racing around the test track, which prompted a truly memorable scene involving the Top Gear crew pushing the Roadster back to the garage to recharge. According to Tesla, the car didn't run out of juice at all. TG, you've got some 'splainin' to do...

According to a statement, Top Gear claimed that it wanted to show what would happen - you knew this was coming, right - IF the Roadster's battery actually had been depleted. Notice, we capitalized the if... 'cause that's one big IF, right? Further, "Top Gear stands by the findings in this film and is content that it offers a fair representation of the Tesla's performance on the day it was tested," said the BBC. We wonder if the term "a fair representation" means something different across the pond, 'cause filming a fabricated scene that puts the Roadster in a negative light doesn't exactly fit our known definition of "fair." Regardless, the flick remains a fun one to watch, and Tesla's probably never gotten more press than it has received from the TG crew's review. Thanks for the tip, Doug!

[Source: Register Hardware]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Clarkson is an idiot, funny, but an idiot. Let's not pretend that the Tesla is 'perfect' - but it's showing the world what can be done with EV, and a taster of what is to come. There's really no excuse for these kind of lies that are going to be seen by so many people.

      Imagine Jeremious Clarkeston in 1908 hosting the mega hit stage show - Top Horse, slagging off the Ford Model T because it's sooo unreliable and you can only get gasoline from chemists!

      Why can't the media just present things as they are without having to sensationalize everything... grrrrr.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh 'tankdog', the Midwestern bible-hugging truck-loving farmer from Ohio hates Tesla cars because they don't have Cummins motors and are too small to fit his fat wife.

      Tesla cars are not to be uses as daily rides, they are supercars...and like every supercar, they are only driven short distances at a time. You can't compare this to a Corolla or your 97 F350 because it's a whole different category.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It is not very green if it is not used as a daily driver now is it. If the car is only practical for short juants and weekend use...what is the point?

        How green is it to have to own a second back up car?

        That is the worst argument I have heard yet.

        The Tesla is a nice start but there are still big obstacles to overcome before EVs can be a no-compromise alternative to the ICE.

        As it stands now, one can live with an EV and get by but they will have to make some behavior changes.

        EVs will not be more than a minute niche until they can be a viable easy alternative. That is not a cut on EVs - that is reality.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It doesn't surprise me in the least that you can only get 55 miles out of a fully charged Tesla on the track. On a track, you're going balls to the wall, you're pulling a LOT of power.

      Cars that get 30mpg at best will get 9 on the track.

      It would have been fair if Top Gear spelled it out - driving on a track BUTCHERS fuel economy. ANY and EVERY car will go a hell of a lot shorter distance on the same energy when run very hard. Electric cars are no exception.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Duh. They never actually said it ran out of juice. They said they "worked out" that it would run out in 55 miles, and *IF* it ran out it would take a long time to recharge.

      Who cares if they actually ran it out of juice or not. The point is that we all know they easily *could* have had they wanted to invest the time in it. Actually running it out of charge would have been very inconvenient for transporting it back to the Tesla guys however. Considering how often people in the real world run their cars out of gas, this is still a very valid point.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Are we surprised? Really? This is Top Gear after all. I'm a big fan of TG (best car show EVER), but I go into each episode expecting that they will add drama/humor/ridiculous situations wherever they see fit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As much as I like Clarkson's over the top antics when it comes to his reviews, I think lying goes a little too far.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Interchangeable batteries are a direct comparison to the filling of the tank. Comparing charge times to filling a tank is not a true comparison. The comparison there would have to include the refinement of crude oil and the energy needed to do it and on these terms there clearly is no doubt electricity is by far and away the best by a country mile!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      "The Sunday drives would be amazing in this because you could actually hear nature! It's also clean while driving around.. no noise/smog pollution in the parks!"

      Why not just ride a bike if your goal is convening with nature while not creating CO2?

      How green is it to have another car in your garage. Yes, very green to have a Prius and a Tesla in the garage. Yes you look very green but talk about green wash!
        graphikzking
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would ride a bike.. and I do.. but sometimes its nice to just take a sunday ride .. or saturday.. and go to lunch or dinner somewhere.. and stop/drive through a park/backroads and hear nature while your driving.

        My wife actually does have a prius.. but I sadly can't see spending over 100k for this or any car. Maybe if I was in the 7figure income I would seriously consider this car but even then I would feel guilty spending that much on a car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Keep it in perspective. Its a future technology that has a few things to work out. Batteries were amazing when they first allowed things to work without being plugged in. We all get burned, however, when that battery dies. Whether it's a cell phone, car, or my really convenient wireless keybo
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you've seen the episode where they "examine the merits" of the Ford F-150 by borrowing some blokes used, two year out of date and thrashed F-150 Lightning, you know that play fast and loose with their "accurate representations."
        • 6 Years Ago
        omg. the Ford 150 is a pile of dog poo... Any coverage that thing got was lucky to start with.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It seems to me that they heard nothing abaout RANGE EXTENDERS, which are lightweighted if they are free piston engines for example.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Is that an available option from Tesla and did the TG crew have one to use?
      graphikzking
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does anyone really think the Tesla is an EVERYDAY car???

      This is just like any other "new" product. They make it and the early adopters help to defray the R&D costs for future EVERYDAY CARS.

      This car is not anyones ONLY car. this is a great Weekend car to drive around.

      The Sunday drives would be amazing in this because you could actually hear nature! It's also clean while driving around.. no noise/smog pollution in the parks!

      This car was made.. just like Hybrids.. to show the POTENTIAL of them and to help start more companies towards making them. Each manufacturer is going to put their own spin on it.. just like ICE engines. Some ICE engines are supercharged, some are turbo charged, some are large displacement Pushrods and some are high revving smaller displacements.. each EV is not going to be the same..there will be variances with them as well.. and we will all benefit!
        graphikzking
        • 6 Years Ago
        @graphikzking
        Tesla would be your regular car for a SHOPPING trip? A 2 seater sports car that cost in excess of 100k would be your regular shopping trip car?

        Why not get a Maserati Quatrroporter?

        I never took my 350z and still never take the MR2 spyder shopping its just stupid. Just like H2 drivers that never take their car offroad. They buy a car for its purpose. TOP down fun driving! Not shopping.

        Also.. with the Tesla battery showing 25% on the guage.. that would mean it could have up to 50 more miles available since it has a 200mile range.

        I understand the filling up takes longer.. but it's not made to be an everyday car. They even said that people that buy they cars tend to own 4-5 cars. Thats who this is made for.. not you.. who wants to put all their eggs (or dollars) into one basket.

        Jay Leno could care less if this car took a week to charge.. along with many other stars that own this car. They are there to take advantage of the newest things..and thus make them available for the mainstream public in the future.

        If they were marketing this car as a primary car at 30k for a family sedan..then I would say they need to change something about the charging.. but my MR2 spyder goes weeks in the garage between drives and I can honestly count on 1 hand the times I drove over 150 miles in a day. I did take the Z on Vacation because the family followed in the Murano.. but that was one uncomfortable 5hr drive. NEVER again! I love it for an hour or 2 but not 5 hours.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @graphikzking
        I think it is otherway round, Tesla would be my everyday car. But I would have some other cars for weekends and holidays.
        I normally drive less than 30km in a day, but on weekends and holidays I often drive more than 200km a day, which is where Tesla will lack.
        For example today I just drove 250km, while outside temperature was between -8 and -15. Tesla would have never survived the trip, but still it was a normal shopping trip.

        TG:s review was accurate, the point is not the thing that they did not run out of juice on the track, but that they could have driven easily couple of more miles and emptied the batteries. And filling up full takes hours while filling up hydrogen or gasoline or diesel tank takes minutes. That is the "fair point of today".

        Tomorrow things could be different, but until then good night.
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