BBC: Top Gear Tesla didn’t run out of juice

BBC: Top Gear Tesla didn’t run out of juice
‘We showed what would happen if it did’

22nd December 2008 08:51 GMT

‘Leccy Tech The BBC has admitted that the silver Tesla Roadster driven by Jeremy Clarkson on this past weekend’s Top Gear didn’t run out of juice and didn’t need to be pushed home.

Shocking Scandal ! Top Gear Tesla Didn’t Run Out ff Juice

You remember last week’s episode of Top Gear where Jeremy Clarkson drove the Tesla Roadster around the Top Gear track? Remember how in that episode, a silver Tesla being tested was shown taking a dump on the track after a mere 55 miles? You also remember Tesla’s Rachel Konrad claiming Top Gear was the only entity taking a dump on the track, saying “They never had to push a car off the track because of lack of charge or a fault…It’s unclear why they were pushing one into a garage in the video; I’ll refrain from speculating about their motives.”? Well, now the UK Register Hardware’s found out what happened. Here’s what they have to say:

According to the Top Gear spokeswoman, the tested Tesla was filmed being pushed into the shed in order to show what would happen if the Roadster had run out of charge.
“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,” the BBC said in statement.”



  1. […] BBC: Top Gear admits Tesla didn’t run out of juice // You may recall from the recent episode of Top Gear that they claimed the Tesla ran out of electricity and had to be pushed back to the garage. Tesla was upset and claimed that the car never had less than 20% of a charge and they questioned the motives of Top Gear showing the car being pushed. Now the BBC has revealed that it was staged. Hmmmm…. BBC: Top Gear Tesla didn’t run out of juice Peak Oil Garage […]

  2. Then they had the cheek to say “in the real world” What about Top Gear has anything to do with the real world?
    Top Gear is an entertainment show with cars not a car show which is entertaining. I would never quote them as a source of facts.

    How far does a super car go on an equivalent amount of energy?

  3. Would it fair to show a Ferrari being pushed into the garage to “show what would happen if the Roadster had run out of [gasoline].”? Let’s be fair here: we all know that if an EV runs out of electricity you’re screwed. We also know that if a conventional vehicle runs out of gasoline you’re screwed.

    It’s interesting that they never show a McLaren or a Lamborghini running out of gasoline.

    • Actually, they did a race in another episode with precicely 1 gallon of gas in the tank of 8 different supercars. The Audi R8 went the farthest.

      However, when those run out of gas, you can simply bring over a container of gas and pour it in, and you are back up and running. Electric can not do this and never will be able to. Battery swaps will not be available at anything other than service stations designed to swap the batteries.

      If you think about it, they are showing what will happen when it runs out of juice. You’ll have to pay to tow it, end of story.

      • Until we have Peak Oil really start to squeeze gasoline supplies. Then nobody will be able ot just bring over a container of gasoline. We are running out of it.

        People need to understand that geology and physics are going to limit the amount of oil and gasoline we have in the future.

        Electric vehicles are the future. Even it if takes 10 minutes to 1 hour to recharge, we don’t have many other feasible options.

  4. That is a very good point. I have seen a few other comments, on various blogs, which make the obvious connection. If you drive any car on a race track like Top Gear, it will achieve 1/4 of the normal range.

    In fact, with a Tesla (or any EV) you typically get reduced power at around 20% of remaining charge. So the car forces you to slow down and conserve energy. This really let’s you get back to the plug and recharge. With a gasoline engine, you don’t get that warning and could literally run empty with no warning.

    Which is a better scenario? Run out of gasoline with no warning at all? Or have the car slow down at 20% of charge remaining, as happened during the Tesla Top Gear episode, and allow you to easily make it back to a nearby outlet?

    I prefer the electric scenario where the car gives you plenty of alerts that you are running low.

    • You only have no warning if, you know, you can’t read a fuel gage. Which, last time I checked, happen to be on the dashboard of every car. Coincidentally, they are usually near the speedometer. Oh, wait, theres the problem, not one looks at that part of the dash either.

      • Jeremy looked fairly surprised when he claimed to run out of juice. But then, that was faked anyway. He never ran out of juice according to the BBC.

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