UK carmudgeon Jeremy Clarkson remains under fire for misrepresenting the Tesla Roadster in his Top Gear test. Initially, when Jezza and his boys were caught pretending that the Roadster had run out of juice by pushing the Roadster into their off-track facility, they claimed dramatic license. If you don’t work for Tesla and live by the words “That’s Entertainment!”, it’s no biggie. But as Teslagate spreads into the MSM, Clarkson’s prevarications grow increasingly… tedious. First, the Torygraph presents Tesla’s side of the story, via spokesperson Rachel “Heart of Darkness” Konrad [sic]: “Never at any time did Clarkson or any of the Top Gear drivers run out of charge. In fact, they never got below 20 per cent charge … they never had to push a car off the track because of lack of charge or a fault. It’s unclear why they were filmed pushing one into a garage in the video.” Unclear my ass. Sigh. Even when they’re right, Tesla can’t help but weasel. But Clarkson’s cantankerous reply was worse.
“Clarkson denied the programme ever showed the car had stopped running.
‘We never said once that the car had run out of power. The car had to be pushed into the warehouse because you are not allowed to drive cars into a building.
‘We calculated that it would have run out of power after 53 miles but they can’t argue with that because that is a fact.’”
It’s a fact that Top Gear ran some numbers, but it’s not a fact that the Tesla Roadster would run out of charge at 53 miles of track work. Of course, Tesla’s Konrad didn’t provide the press with their range calculations in that circumstance. I’m better it would be lower.
Until and unless Tesla provides TTAC with a car for proper evaluation, or Top Gear goes back and does the red mist range test properly, I can’t help but think that Tesla’s getting the press coverage they deserve. Ditto Top Gear.
[thanks to Dutchchris for the link]