Tesla is going to court, saying it’s tired of BBC reruns that show its supposedly out-of-juice EV being pushed off a test track and a snide voiceover suggesting one might need two Teslas “so you can use one while the other is recharging.”
Tesla has sued the BBC program “Top Gear,” alleging the show faked the scene in a 2008 broadcast and won’t stop showing it.
The program said the Tesla EV it was testing had a range of only 55 miles, well below the 211 claimed by the company. Tesla says the car it loaned to the show never went below 20 percent of its charge.
While the program had kind words for the EV’s styling and speed, the narrator concluded: “It’s just a shame that in the real world it doesn’t seem to work.”
Tesla said in a statement that it “simply wants ‘Top Gear’ to stop rebroadcasting this malicious episode and to correct the record, but they’ve repeatedly ignored Tesla’s requests.”
Said a spokeswoman for “Top Gear”: “The BBC stands by the program and will be vigorously defending this claim.”