Video: It’s Not This Easy to Build a Proper Plug-In Vehicle


A week or so back, we revived the failure that was the Top Gear Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust extended-range electric vehicle.

Hmm...Doubt It's That Simple

Hmm…Doubt It’s That Simple

Though the idea of a diesel-fueled extended-range electric vehicle was ground-breaking, the execution was, in typical Top Gear fashion, flawed throughout.

Here we present Top Gear’s how-to guide for developing and constructing the then-revolutionary i-Thrust.  But since it’s Top Gear, this how-to quickly turns into a how-not-to or what we’d call a DIY disaster.

Still, it’s entertaining to watch Jeremy, Richard and James “attempt to save the planet by building their own electric car out of a TVR chassis and milk float batteries.”

The theory is sound, the execution is not even close to flawless.  Fortunately, real automakers have had no problem executing near-perfect extended-range electric vehicles, but for DIYers, and EREV isn’t a beginner’s project.


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6 responses to "Video: It’s Not This Easy to Build a Proper Plug-In Vehicle"
  1. David Murray says:

    Wow! They actually managed to produce a vehicle uglier than the i-Miev. That must have taken some work.

  2. Bill Howland says:

    The reason its cuter than an Imiev is its quite obviously based on the styling of those early Cadillac CTS’s. Is that a fork lift connector or is this vehicle truly j1772 compatible?

  3. James says:

    I wish ElectricCarsTV would get the hint that we dislike Top Gear with
    a passion. As they loathe electric and hybrid cars, and basically sound like
    a bunch of self-promoting neanderthals with Saudi Sudz and Texas Tea
    running through their pea-headed brains.

    I don’t give a care about their messed-up jabs at electric cars. I did see that
    episode, and I didnt’ laugh, I just thought it was pathetic, and misplaced
    the last time an article appeared here on the subject.

    I wish I had more of a sense of humor re: electric cars – I take it seriously.
    Probem is – Top Gear gets high ratings and they just slam efficient cars
    like bangin’ a gong – and it got old fast – REALLY FAST.

    Too bad the Tesla lawsuit lost – We need less of this stuff – really.

  4. GeorgeS says:

    I hated that car when I saw it 1 year ago.

    I hate top gear even more now.

    they don’t get it.

    1. kdawg says:

      I don’t like most British comedy shows. Sorry if that offends anyone, but I just don’t find British humor funny. Maybe they feel the same way about the Blue Collar Comedy Tour.

      On top of that, when I have watched Top Gear, every time they start getting b0n3rs for Italian HP, all I can think of is Tim Allen grunting about Binford on Home Improvement.

  5. jeff says:

    Proves again that many shows like this have LOW skilled talent. They offer opinion a-plenty with no fundamental knowledge. Like a movie critic that can’t even take a picture.

    Yes, in fact, you do need to know something about the trades to go beyond.

    IMHO, Top Gear is about being silly, flapping gums and burning Dino, nothing else.