We're not into spoiling the on-screen antics that make Peugeot iOn.

Yes, the Top Gear duo ragged on the Leaf and iOn after the vehicles were intentionally discharged in order to highlight the difficulties of charging electric vehicles in a municipality with no public charging stations (read Nissan's official response to the show's battery-depleting antics), but both Clarkson and May did have some positive words to say for the Leaf and iOn. Take, for example, Clarkson admitting the Leaf drove much like a conventional vehicle and May comparing the iOn to a Porsche 911.

Top Gear has taken heat, mainly from UK-based news outlet The Times, for its portrayal of electric vehicles on the show. Tesla even sued the BBC after its Roadster made its appearance on Top Gear in 2008. Andy Wilman, executive producer of the show, responded to critics today, saying that at no point did the Top Gear hosts test the claimed range of the Nissan Leaf, nor did they suggest that "the vehicles wouldn't achieve their claimed range." Wilman had more to say, which you can read here, but need we really remind anyone that Top Gear is pure entertainment with just a dash of factuality.


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        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not exactly. Jeremy actually likes it - compliments it a fair bit, in fact, especially the low amount of cabin noise - but they do use comedy to emphasize the difficulty with range, and the problems finding a charging point. The conclusion is that they're great cars in search of a decent energy storage medium, and they say batteries are not the future.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love Top Gear and all, but to the uneducated masses that don't get it, this show isn't about cars... its about 3 blokes that do stupid **** (much of it scripted or staged) that is funny. They don't actually REVIEW cars... they get their hands on some new car, put it in a funny situation and run with it (many examples of that, but one of my favorites is the Ford Fiesta being used to invade a beach) . And I have no problems with that but too many fools don't get that... they actually think this stuff is real and that's a shame. I think especially so for vehicles in a new category (EVs) because they will never be shown in a positive light on the show. Sure its funny to show a Leaf getting pushed around, but since so few people have had exposure to what this car is really like, they might think its only good for 5 miles around the block.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Alex
        • 3 Years Ago
        Lol...calm down Rush
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        I can go buy one of those pipe dreams right now about 7 blocks away from my house.. there are usually 2-3 of them on the lot in stock at all times. Stop trollin'...
          razorpit
          • 3 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Well, go buy one and then there would be 1 - 2 of them available...
        • 3 Years Ago
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        soundbargaming
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sounds like someone needs to test drive the Tesla Roadster and get outta the oversized POS "Silvy". Why don't you go buy a Ford Ranger? They're both trucks. Its prolly cause you don't like that particular truck. You find one that suits your tastes and needs.
        thranx
        • 3 Years Ago
        They started out with the batteries drained to 40% of capacity. Then, when they got to the point where they planned to start filming the "car is out of juice" segement, the batteries still held charge. So they drove the car in circles for ten miles until the batteries were fully drained. That's how.
      Autoblog
      • 3 Years Ago
      OMG!!! They showed video of an electric car running out of ELECTRICITY!!! Sweet lord! 100 lashes to that ******* Jeremy and 200 to that witch James. And no 72 vegetarian virgins for both of them!!!
      ExoPlanet
      • 3 Years Ago
      Electric cars suck. Period. Unless you have a charging station at your house and work...they are useless. I'VE ACTUALLY DONE IT. Unlike everyone else on this site...the cars are a huge step backwards and they are only making them for CAFE credits. End of story!
        ALafya
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ExoPlanet
        No very long ago, horse an carriage were the only practical choice too and getting a ICE automobile stuck was an everyday occurrence, only to be pulled-out of the mud by ... a horse detached from the carriage it was pulling.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ExoPlanet
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          Bart
          • 3 Years Ago
          And they only have these disadvantages: - Huge increase in purchase costs - Huge increase in polluted air for electricity supply - Huge increase in weight causing more road wear - Huge increase on man hours and transport to make it - Huge recycling cost - Huge rate of decay on battery life - Huge increase of stress on the electric network - Huge increase of spontaneous fires due to battery overheating - Huge increase of environmental damage in case of fire/crash due to battery fluids. - Huge kiss on the ass of Chinese Profiteers bleeding the surrounding lands dry for precious materials needed. - Huge risk of being stranded by car failure due to no road side assistance possible. - Huge increase of depreciation while the car is out of use (at 11 hours that's almost 50% depreciation) - Huge decrease in Local Jobs because they can only be serviced by the manufacturer. - Huge decrease in Local Jobs if electrical infrastructure would be laid from closing pump stations. Shall I continue? Yeah, they ARE worthless.
          fefifofum
          • 3 Years Ago
          It's a Japanese car, no local economy there, unless you were talking about coal plants.
      htay9500
      • 3 Years Ago
      As much as I rather watch TG for fun and not as a serious standpoint, these guys do make an interesting point about these cars. They probably make great cars to travel around town. But if you do long trips, this probably won't be the best solution.
        Gordon Chen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @htay9500
        A Leaf driver who knows the car's range is 80 miles would not drive more than 80 miles per charge. The point is pointless.
          WillieD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Gordon Chen
          It's not a pointless point. Electric cars are currently only for the rich (it would be a second car) if you don't want to make serious compromises. You can forget traveling anywhere far in any reasonable amount of time.
      Randy Perkins
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is like the most ludicrous episode ever.
      wnkdvd
      • 3 Years Ago
      This episode was classic Top Gear. The press/public reaction says less about Top Gear or Jeremy Clarkson than it does about the humorless prigs currently rampant in British society. Perfect little multicultural, super sensitive citizens of the world they are. Clarkson/May/Hammond do take more than a little delight in tweaking these pasty face shadow dwellers whenever possible, and I for one enjoy it immensely. I found the electric car segment both enlightening and entertaining, did not notice the "handicapped parking" issue, and would not have cared if I had. The electric car issues were real world - Peugeot and Nissan should address them honestly or remain silent and try to do something about the outrageous price of these two golf carts.
        Georgie Porgie
        • 3 Years Ago
        @wnkdvd
        Well said. Electric motors have great attributes for automobiles, but the technology with batteries and even infrastructure is not there yet. Guess what, those can't happen over night either, development takes time. It would be a pity to discredit what electric drivetrains could do for the future of automobila based on the growing pains of an industry that is (lets face it) not the fastest at evolving.
      fly by wireless
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ground breaking discoveries. An electric car can run out of juice. A gas car can run out of dino juice. The leaf isn't convenient for long trips or large families. The full size truck can haul far more stuff than a leaf... or a Miata... Or an Impreza... The Smart and IQ can't haul much in the way of people or cargo. Bigger cars can. A vehicle built around purpose "A" will fall short of vehicles designed for other categories. All the tools on a swiss army knife don't function in the same capacity but each is useful for its purpose. One tool doesn't invalidate another. "Horses for courses"
      Sgt Beavis
      • 3 Years Ago
      Frankly I thought Clarkson and Mays were rather tame with their reviews of these electric cars. They said the Leaf was actually a pretty nice car. The only real problem they have with them is the battery. That is something that EVERYONE has a problem with when it comes to electric cars (unless you consider the Volt and electric car)
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      us51356073
      • 3 Years Ago
      This glorified golf cart is still prototype car. Leaf owners are not early adopters, they are beta testers.
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