Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson gets a push in a Nissan Leaf – Click above to watch the video after the break

It would seem that the guys from Top Gear are back to giving electric vehicles the what-for. According to The Lincolnite, James May and Jeremy Clarkson were respectively spotted piloting a Peugeot iOn and a Nissan Leaf through England during a cross-country trek (which is exactly what electric cars are for, right?).

The duo stopped by Lincolnshire County to ask about the nearest place to charge their alternative-fuel steeds, only to find that the entire municipality is bereft of chargers. Apparently May and Clarkson then set about driving around the city until their vehicles died and they were forced to get a tow.

If this all sounds familiar, that's because Top Gear rustled up a mess of snakes the last time Clarkson jumped behind the wheel of an EV. After depicting the Tesla Roadster as suffering a brake failure and running out of power, Tesla shot back refuting what happened as pure fiction. That little dust-up has yet to settle.

The truth is that the vast majority of people come to Top Gear to be entertained, and most viewers probably realize that there's plenty of editing that goes into each segment. We seriously doubt that most EV buyers use the UK show as a go-to resource, but that doesn't stop the constant ragging on alternative fuels from growing trite.

Check out the video after the break.



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      Scr
      • 4 Years Ago
      No POWWWWWWWEEEEERRRRRRRRR!
      Mbukukanyau
      • 4 Years Ago
      They are driving a proper Insignia, probably a V6. Too bad buick lacks the bolls to put a proper V6 and an OPC V6 Turbo in it.
        TangoR34
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Mbukukanyau
        Nah only the OPC gets the V6 which comes with aggressive bodykit. But yeah US should get the V6
      mburfeind
      • 4 Years Ago
      you have to think Top Gear would be pretty careful about misreputation to ensure not to "rustle up a mess of snakes."
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey guess what, Top Gear is sponsored by Shell Oil corp.. http://www.marketing-interactive.com/news/10321 They also staged the Tesla breaking down / running out of battery too, as confirmed by the data recorded by Tesla Motors when they got their car back. You can remain ignorant, but you can't fight change Top Gear. Electric cars are here to stay and are getting better every year.
        David
        • 4 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Uh, no ones ignorant here because everyone knows that. But heres the thing, nobody takes Top Gear seriously because the show is about entertainment and not facts. You would have to be a uptight moron to take Top Gear seriously. It may not be your brand of entertainment but then again there are probably alot of TV shows you don't like that you don't speak about publicly, so why this one?
          roots4x
          • 4 Years Ago
          @David
          I assure you there are plenty of people that take the show seriously. For the most part it's a fun show, but Jeremy Clarkson and his antics are just stupid British humor. It's just totally annoying for me and a lot of Americans I'm sure.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 4 Years Ago
          @David
          So i'm a moron for being offended by a show on a large TV network intentionally tarnishing the technology i am most enthusiastic about these days? Remember that they called the Tesla completely irrelevant because hydrogen was the way forward.. after staging multiple failures of the car, both which were confirmed by Tesla to be false? Strangely enough, shell also is all about hydrogen. Because hydrogen can be produced from the oil industry's byproducts. There is nothing funny about pushing a big oil corp's agenda, nor did i detect any attempts of humor here, or with the Tesla incident.
          aatbloke1967
          • 4 Years Ago
          @David
          "I assure you there are plenty of people that take the show seriously. For the most part it's a fun show, but Jeremy Clarkson and his antics are just stupid British humor. It's just totally annoying for me and a lot of Americans I'm sure." I've spent plenty of time in the States and have met few Americans with any sense of humour. Furthermore, many haven't the faintest idea of life outside of the United States. That all probably explains why they're all pumping themselves with SSRIs and divorcing one another.
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 4 Years Ago
      clarkson's schtick is burnt out. he's become a self-parody.
      centexvic
      • 4 Years Ago
      I now realize Clarkson is a gigantic tool and a poser, and the sad thing is I used to love the show. The final straws were an episode that was basically an anime commercial for the LFA in return for the right to review it and Clarkson calling out a fan on stage for being overweight. You could see the look on her face it was kind of sad.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @centexvic
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        @centexvic
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      crzykdd
      • 4 Years Ago
      Personally, I find it refreshing that someone doesn't drink the electric car koolaide, and its a combination of sad/funny/fearful to hear the koolaide drinking, pro-electric crowd fall off their rocker when someone has the audacity to point out valid flaws the the electric car concept. Until there is some new revolutionary battery technology (which at that point, may harm the earth more than anything), current battery tech is gonna limit the appeal and scope of the electric car for some time...
        roots4x
        • 4 Years Ago
        @crzykdd
        No one is saying that there aren't limitations. All cars have limitations be it low mileage, limited space, bad handling, etc. For a lot of people an electric car makes a lot of sense. Just like for a lot of people a pickup makes a lot of sense.
      srmcg
      • 4 Years Ago
      EVs are just a fad. Useless and its time to forget em and move on with the next technology.
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        Eduardo Maal
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, first of all, you have to drive the 200,000 miles. In reality, an eletric car is expected to last 5 years before you need to change the battery, which is about 75.000 miles for a regular person. So, instead of US$40.085, its actually US$15.031. Of course, all this depends on how you drive, on both cars. But that's not the whole story - you have to consider interest rates (you're buying a more expensive car now, and you will receive the benefits over the next 5 years), and the environmental cost of disposing a Lithium battery (which is very high). Plus, there's the fact that the government (a.k.a, forcibly, all the other tax payers) are paying for your tax credit when you buy an electric car.
          Dest
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Eduardo Maal
          "In reality, an eletric car is expected to last 5 years before you need to change the battery..." lol? Look up the battery warranty on the Leaf and Volt. Thanks.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Eduardo Maal
          I'll take a car powered on domestically produced coal over imported oil, some of which goes to provide welfare for terrorist groups etc. We don't really have any oil except crap shale so we send all our money over seas. That being said i will take coal any day. And renewable energy is a bonus. Lithium batteries do not need to be recycled, they are non-toxic. Nobody knows what it costs to recycle them because nobody recycles them yet. I agree the subsidies are wrong for electric cars, but oil is heavily subsidized and so is the corn industry and the companies that blend ethanol, look it up, i think it was either 50 cents or $1 per gallon blended last time i checked.. Want a level playing field? remove all subsidies. See what happens.
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Eduardo Maal
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          Dest
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Eduardo Maal
          Eduardo: I looked up electricity costs. They have nowhere near doubled like gas prices have in 10 years.
          Eduardo Maal
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Eduardo Maal
          Oh, and finally, any cost that is assumed by the "government", is actually a cost to the population.
          Eduardo Maal
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Eduardo Maal
          Haha Dest, I corrected my 5 years mistake below. Plus, where do you think the electricity that reaches your house comes from? Most of the energy in the US is thermoelectric. The price of oil is present on both sides of the equation. And if you do the math, no you don't save money.
          Eduardo Maal
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Eduardo Maal
          Plus, you have to compare the Nissan Leaf, not with a Subaru, but with a Fiesta. The Fiesta is cheaper, and has a higher MPG. That's a comparable experience, except you can go on long trips in the Fiesta.
      4 String
      • 4 Years Ago
      I mean humor is humor, but insulting the viewer's intelligence episode after episode is another. I don't care if you use a jostling tone, but after the twentieth time, I'm bound to tire of the same act.
      jesscott
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can not understand how people can pay 30k for a car they can't drive for more than 3 or 4 hours. Makes no sense to me. Plenty of 40mpg or better hybrid cars on the market now. AND if you live in a city where this type of car seems to make sense....it also makes sense to not own one at all considering your mass transit options. I say poke fun at plugins all you want, they deserve it....for now.
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