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Top Gear

  • Jeremy Clarkson of The Grand Tour     [publicity photo provided by Amazon]

    Oh, dear. The things celebrities say. One of three long-time hosts of BBC's long-running "Top Gear" TV show, Clarkson was fired after punching a producer. His costars quit soon afterward. Now the trio is back in Amazon Prime's new series, "The Grand Tour," and Clarkson has hit the road to do publicity for the show. DON'T MISS: Tesla Vs BBC: Top Gear Planned Dead Electric Car Shot Before Test (Mar 2011) He recently sat down with Business Insider to discuss the show and tout the huge viewership of the first episode, the most popular in Amazon's history. Several years ago, "Top Gear" notoriously...

  • James May
    Top Gear's James May To Buy 2014 BMW i3 REx Electric Car

    You know Top Gear, right? The UK car show with a trio of presenters who hate fuel-efficient cars, think electric cars are useless and like to scream around airfields in gas-guzzling supercars? Well, not quite. James May has always been a little different. He often drives to the studio in a...

  • James May
    Electric Erector-Set Motorcycle Laps Isle Of Man TT Course

    Located in the Irish sea between Great Britain and Ireland, the Isle of Man plays host to one of the racing world's most famous circuits--the Isle of Man TT course. Every year thousands of motorcyclists from across the world pile onto the island to watch events like the Tourist Trophy and Manx...

  • Jeremy Clarkson's P45 on Top Gear [Image: BBC]
    Jeremy Clarkson Invents A Hybrid Microcar: The P45

    Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson isn't known for being a fan of electric or hybrid vehicles. Usually when we write about him on Green Car Reports it's to comment on the latest daft stunt or anti-electric piece on the program, but naturally, we're prepared to give credit where credit is due...

  • 2012 Fisker Karma
    Electric-Car-Hating Top Gear Names Fisker Karma Luxury Car Of The Year

    For as long as we can remember, there’s been an ongoing love-to-hate relationship between the BBC's Top Gear show and electric cars. Until yesterday that is, when Top Gear Magazine caught everyone off guard by announcing that its Luxury Car of The Year was none other than the $95,900 Fisker...

  • Tesla versus Top Gear
    Tesla Losing Libel Case With Top Gear In UK High Court

    A British judge ruled against Tesla Motors in its lawsuit for libel against the BBC show Top Gear, which had shown the carmaker's Roadster electric sports car seemingly out of electricity.

  • Top Gear Stage Another Electric Car Stunt

    A little over a week ago, the BBC aired an episode of its popular motoring entertainment program Top Gear in which presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May searched in vain for an electric-car charging station. They needed to recharge their fully-drained 2011 Nissan Leaf in the rural English county of Lincolnshire. Needless to say, they had purposely exhausted the car's battery, and chosen a place known for its lack of electric-car charging stations. As with past Top Gear segments involving electric cars, many plug-in fans weren’t impressed. Neither was Nissan. But while some British...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf
    Nissan Gives First Charging Station To City Visited By Top Gear (BREAKING)

    If you’ve been following the story of what happened when popular British entertainment show Top Gear took a 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Peugeot iOn (nee Mitsubishi i) for a drive to the rural eastern U.K. city of Lincoln, you’ll know that Nissan wasn’t exactly happy with the way its...

  • BBC Top Gear Team Use Handicapped Spaces
    Top Gear On Electric Cars: “We Are Allowed To Put Into A Film What We Want To”

    Uh-ho. Those crafty chaps known as the BBC Top Gear team may have thought they got away with their recent review of the 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Peugeot iOn (a rebadged predecessor to the 2012 Mitsubishi i) - but they would be wrong. The fur started flying yesterday, when Nissan Senior Vice...

  • Top Gear Stage Another Electric Car Stunt
    Top Gear Tests Nissan Leaf, Peugeot iOn: A Fair Assessment?

    It's the episode electric car enthusiasts have been itching to see- and now the guys at BBC motoring show Top Gear have tested two electric cars to see whether they make any sense for the car buying public. Now we already know that Top Gear hasn't had the greatest history with electric cars. First...

  • Top Gear Stage Another Electric Car Stunt
    Exclusive: Top Gear's Spoof Electric-Car Episode Leaked (Video)

    It doesn’t take a scientist to tell you that the team behind BBC’s Top Gear really don’t like electric cars. Everything from the humble G-Wiz through to the mighty Tesla Roadster and the fresh-faced Nissan Leaf have fallen foul of their comical but factually inept portrayal of...

  • Top Gear Stage Another Electric Car Stunt
    Exclusive: Hey Top Gear, You Have To Fill Up Electric Cars Too, Duh!

    Have you ever been on those roads in North Dakota where you pass a sign that says “No gas for next 80 miles"? Or perhaps you’ve traveled through the frozen wastelands of Northern Canada or Alaska and learned that the gas station you just passed was the last one for more than 100 miles...

  • Top Gear Stage Another Electric Car Stunt

    Uh-Ho. Despite being embroiled in a sordid libel court-case with californian electric car maker Tesla Motors for false representation of its $109,000 sexy all-electric sportscar. the BBC’s Top Gear program has just been spied in Lincoln, England - filming its latest electric car escapade. The U.K.’s number one motoring entertainment program, Top Gear has a long standing reputation for onscreen shenanigans best suited to the locker room rather than a prime-time show. But over recent years it has increasingly irked electric car makers and fans alike with its biased and as Tesla...

  • Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson
    Top Gear: Doing Another Silly, Deceptive Electric-Car Stunt?

    Uh oh, here we go again. Or not? The crew of the British car show Top Gear have been spotted in the British town of Lincoln, traveling in a pair of electric cars, the 2011 Nissan Leaf and a Peugeot iOn (which will be sold in the States as the 2012 Mitsubishi 'i'). Hosts Jeremy Clarkson and James...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    Tesla V Top Gear: Top Gear’s Track Record With Electric Cars

    It’s been two weeks since Californian electric automaker filed papers against the BBC’s Top Gear for libel in relation to a segment the popular entertainment show did on Tesla’s all-electric Roadster back in 2008. By now you’re probably familiar with the details of the case...

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    Untouchable? Top Gear Exonerated For Racist Comments, What About Tesla?

    The popular U.K. motoring entertainment show Top Gear just can’t stay out of the spotlight at the moment. Just six days after Californian electric car automaker Tesla filed a legal case against the primetime Sunday night show for libel and malicious falsehood a broadcasting watchdog in the...

  • Tesla versus Top Gear
    Top Gear Producer Says Tesla's Libel Suit Is Bogus

    Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla says BBC TV show Top Gear falsely stated that the Tesla Roadster could only travel 55 miles before needing to recharge, according to Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman. Wilman said the team behind Top Gear, a show that touts the latest and greatest cars...

  • Tesla versus Top Gear
    Tesla Sues Top Gear For Libel Against All-Electric Roadster

    About two years ago BBC’s Top Gear aired a test drive of the then relatively new Tesla Roadster. While this was seen as a major boon for Tesla, the light shone on its all-electric sports car by the popular show was somewhat less than flattering. In fact, it was rather downbeat. What makes the...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf prototype

    If you pay attention to the so-called mainstream media, you could be forgiven for thinking that electric vehicles are alien technology, rather than cars with plugs. Though happy to cover natural disasters; governmental coups, and the latest celebrity gossip, pretty much any reporter seems unprepared to cover something as benign as the launch of the latest electric vehicle. When Nissan U.K. announced in March 2010 that it would build the 2011 Nissan Leaf in Sunderland, a horde of interested journalists churned out the inevitable good-news stories about job creation and economic development...

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