I was watching some old Top Gear yesterday and saw the episode with the Tesla Roaster. Couldnt find it on youtube but here it is on AOL: http://video.aol.com/video-detail/top-gear-reviews-tesla-roadster/3118833288
The guy says something like "too bad in the real world it doesnt work." And they show the tesla running out of electricity. Makes it look like the car runs out of electricty right?
According to the Guardian back in December:
It was billed by Jeremy Clarkson as the ultimate test for an electric car – a drag race against a Lotus Elise on BBC2's Top Gear. And it was a test that the £92,000 Tesla appeared to fail after it dramatically slowed down on the show's test track and was pushed into a garage to await charging.
But it has since emerged that the Tesla, which can be powered from an ordinary domestic plug, did not run out of electricity.
The car's California-based manufacturer said that the charge on neither of the two Teslas used in the Top Gear test fell below 20%.
The BBC today denied it had misled viewers, saying that the programme had "at no time" claimed that the car had run out of power. Programme-makers instead showed it slowing down to illustrate what would happen when the car did run out of charge.
But some viewers were left with a different impression. "I understand trying to make interesting TV, but when it materially changes the image or performance of the product, it's pretty underhanded," said one viewer on a car website.
Another said: "How pointless, in the same way if a car runs out of petrol I know what happens without a reconstruction of the event."