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Top Gear Runs Out Of Juice In Nissan Leaf

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On: Thu, May 19, 2011 at 9:53AM | By: Chris Weiss

Top Gear Runs Out Of Juice In Nissan Leaf

BBC television series Top Gear is just not having any luck with electric cars lately. Not only does it have to deal with the lawsuit smacked down on it by Tesla Motors, but it ran out of battery power once again. This time it was in a Nissan Leaf.

Jeremy Clarkson and James May were outed when they rolled up to the University of Lincoln looking for a place to plug in. And by rolled, we mean they rolled the powerless car by way of good, old fashioned elbow grease.

Clarkson and May were filming for the upcoming season. In the episode in question, they try to cross Lincolnshire County in two electric vehicles: the Leaf and the Peugeot iOn. After trying unsuccessfully to find a suitable charging station in town, the two eventually broke down. They brought the cars to the university, where they had to run extension cords in through the window of a university building to get recharged. Clarkson and May got pizza in town and then drove off in their fully charged cars.

The timing of the incident is interesting. Nearly two months ago, Tesla filed a lawsuit against Top Gear for what it terms as misinformation on its all-electric Roadster. Part of that lawsuit claims that the crew of Top Gear misrepresented the range of the Roadster and purposefully ran it out of electricity to make it look unreliable.

So, is this instance similar to the one in the lawsuit? Is the show trying to depict EVs in as bad a light as possible? Or, is it journalism at its finest, capturing the real story of battery-reliant vehicles? Check out the video and make your own decision as to the authenticity of the incident.


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