Video: Tesla’s Elon Musk Talks Top Gear With BBC

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 2

When BBC’s Top Gear tested the Tesla Roadster, the result was a staged misrepresentation of the vehicle.

Specifically, Tesla Motors says that Top Gear misrepresented the Roadster as follows:

  • The Roadster ran out of charge and had to be pushed into the Top Gear hangar by 4 men.
  • The Roadster’s true range is only 55 miles per charge (not 211).
  • One Roadster’s motor overheated and was completely immobilized as a result.

    Musk Holds No Grudge Against BBC...Not Even Against Top Gear...But That Jeremy Clarkson Fella....

    Musk Holds No Grudge Against BBC…Not Even Against Top Gear…But That Jeremy Clarkson Fella….

  • The other Roadster’s brakes were broken, rendering the car undriveable.
  • That neither of the two Roadsters provided to Top Gear was available for test driving due to these problems.

As you may recall, Tesla Motors later filed a lawsuit against the BBC for continuing to spread these misrepresentations through its various Top Gear outlets (DVD sales, syndication, re-airing the episode and so on).

Tesla lost the lawsuit on grounds that the judge essentially stated that no reasonable individual would take the review presented by Top Gear as being an accurate representation of reality.  Basically, the judge stated that the show is more comedy than reality.

Okay, with all that background info covered, let’s now move on to what’s in this video.

Here we have Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk speaking with BBC Newsnight’s Gavin Esler.

The topic?  Top Gear’s misrepresentation of the Tesla Roadster.

Does Musk hold a grudge against the BBC?  Absolutely not.

Against Top Gear?  Not really.

Against Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson?  Hmm…guess you’ll have to watch the video to find out.

Entire claim found here: Tesla versus Top Gear

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2 responses to "Video: Tesla’s Elon Musk Talks Top Gear With BBC"

  1. Anon says:

    The single largest contributor to Top Gear, is Shell Oil. Go figure…

  2. Bill Howland says:

    Looks as though Musk has gone into “Alan Mullaly” mode, with that perpetual Cheshire Cat grin. Hey if it keeps Mullaly in $Billions at Ford, even through inferior product cycles, I guess it will immunize Musk also.

    As far as the BBC goes, they Lie with the best of them, and I’m not talking about Top Gear.