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Tesla Fires Back, 10 Million Times

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On: Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 4:52PM | By: Chris Salamone

Tesla Fires Back, 10 Million Times

Flashback: two years ago. Top Gear ran a show claiming to discredit the real world applicability of the Tesla Roadster. Two Roadsters were shown suffering ‘breakdowns’ on the track and the show’s script, completed before the vehicles were tested, concluded with the host saying, “in the real world, it doesn’t seem to work.” Although Tesla ignored the original airing of Top Gear’s anti-Roadster show, the company recently decided to serve BBC with a lawsuit for libel and malicious falsehood. If add up the ten million real-world miles which Tesla Roadsters have successfully hummed by 1,500 owners around the globe, they may have a case.

Tesla claims to have waited so long because the show continues to “repeatedly and consistently re-broadcast to hundreds of millions of viewers on BBC channels, on other TV channels via syndication, the internet, and by DVD.” A lawsuit is the only recourse the company has. In a recent blog post, Tesla tries to field some of the misconceptions aired on Top Gear.

Here’s a snapshot:

Claim: The Roadster’s true range is only 55 miles.

Fact: The Roadster has been certified under UN ECE R101, the EU regulation for measuring electric vehicle range, at 211 miles. Even more shocking, Tesla reports that one owner has achieved 313 miles on a single charge.

Claim: One Roadster ran out of charge and had to be pushed into a Top Gear hangar by four men.

Fact: The Roadster records basic operating information, such as charge, and neither Roadster ever fell below twenty-five percent charge.

Claim: The Roadster’s brakes broke, rendering the vehicle unfit for the road.

Fact: During the test the fuse for the braking system’s electric vacuum pump failed, but the brakes were operational and safe. Tesla suggests the result was something like driving without power brakes.

Claim: Neither Roadster provided to Top Gear was available to continue testing because of the above problems.

Fact: At all times, there was at least one Roadster at the ready.

In addition to counting up the millions of successfully driven miles recorded by Roadsters across the globe, Tesla is trying to set the record straight by stopping “Top Gear’s disinformation campaign” while continuing their commitment to build the best cars in the world. Over the past two years, the Roadster has won over critics and been adopted by thousands of adoring fans. Tesla suggests this lawsuit is not for the money, but to shed light on the truth.

Ahemm, to all the righteous and charitable Tesla execs, I have a flashlight and room for an extra car in the driveway…


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