Hammond has stated on several occasions on paper that he would buy an electric car NOW if there was one that would get from him his home in the Welsh borders to London. As he says all the present cars like the Leaf would run out of juice at Oxford. When he tested the Leaf for his Mirror column he devised a 70 mile test drive around his home which was going fine until he had to turn on the wipers & lights and the range dropped dramatically making him wonder if he was going to get home. He did but it was a bit buttock clenching toward the end!.Gotta chime in here:
Wether I agree with the review or not, that fact is that "Top Gear" really doesn't like the electric car as a whole. I mean...the presenters on the show reeeealy don't like them.
Both Top Gear and Tesla would have to provide evidence for number 1.
Evidence my ass. It's all he said, she said. If you read 10 different articles you get 10 different variations of what happened.The evidence is all out there, go and look it up for yourself.
A Tesla Roadster doesn't just stop when the battery runs low, it goes into a speed-limited range extender mode when reaching 20% battery level. Showing how the car had to be pushed into the hangar was clearly misleading. Clarkson himself confirmed in his blog that the car reached just that level and thus didn't stop completely. A BBC spokesperson confirmed that the car being pushed was shown "to demonstrate what could happen".
As for the overheating, it's the same principle. The electric motor is aircooled, so when the car is driven on a track, the motor can overheat under certain conditions. The car again automatically limits the performance until the engine has cooled down again, it doesn't just stop like demonstrated on Top Gear.
The so called "brake failure" was a blown fuse on the auto-assist braking feature and didn't affect the mechanical brakes as such. Despite being fixed within minutes, Top Gear claimed that they had no car to review anymore.
There were a couple of minor other things in the review, but basically that's the bottom line. They went far beyond the "natural disadvantages" of an EV such as the Tesla Roadster by fabricating footage and clearly taking things out of context.
If I were to buy a plaything for that amount of money, I would have enough to spare to afford more than one. Additionally, I'd do what anyone would do: test drive and choose what I like best.Ok, if you want to talk sports cars:
In the UK a Tesla is roughly ?85k+. Now, would you have that or a 911 GT3, Nissan GT-R or BMW M3?
Only way to go then is to visit the trial, given there will be one and it will be public. Everything else you can find right now is just "something said by someone".Evidence my ass. It's all he said, she said. If you read 10 different articles you get 10 different variations of what happened.
I want PROOF right from Tesla and Top Gear on what exactly happened. Not some guy peaking this mysterious pre-show script and Tesla claiming nothing mechanical happened to either car. Saying and proving Top Gear is full of shit are two completely different things.