Theres a lot of buzz around the suet against the BBC show “Top Gear” for allegedly falsely representing the performance of the Tesla Roadster electric vehicle.
“Top Gear” showed a Tesla Roadster running out of electric charge during a race with the gas-powered Lotus Elise, a car that the Roadster is based on. Tesla claims that neither of the two cars it loaned to “Top Gear” for the segment dipped below 20 percent charge. The company contends there’s no way the Roadster ran out of juice, and it wants the BBC to stop airing the segment.
A spokesperson for “Top Gear” defended the show’s integrity. “We can confirm that we have received notification that Tesla have issued proceedings against the BBC. The BBC stands by the program and will be vigorously defending this claim.”
As an Avid watcher of the show “Top Gear” i can defend Tesla. Lots of the segments that the show aires are completely staged and for entertainment only. Anyone who watches the show knows that Clarkson normally takes the piss out of cars and nit picks. It makes sense that Tesla is upset, everything in the show that was over exaggerated are concerns that people have with EV cars. This show has such a vast audience that Tesla is right to defend their name.
See the segment below.