Tesla Sues BBC Over Rigging Electric Car Test

Tesla/TopGearThe makers of a popular electric car sued the British Broadcasting Corporation for libel, alleging that they rigged the results in a recent test.

Tesla Motors says the broadcaster faked the car’s running out of power, with the show’s host then announcing “it’s just a shame that in the real world it doesn’t seem to work.”

Tesla also charges “malicious falsehood” for the reporter’s claim that somehow “while it was being charged its brakes had broken,” and for implying that after it overheated it became immobile. In addition, the BBC also reported the car traveled only 55 miles on a single charge instead of 200 (thus implying that Tesla lied about its mileage).

The text of their lawsuit is available as a PDF, while the BBC has issued a statement that they “stand by the programme and will be vigorously defending this claim.”

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  • Ironaddict06

    Pow! Take that Tesla, for showing the people that cars can run on electricity.
    Yes, Tesla you probably will win the court case and get paid a few million dollars, BUT the damgae is done. All the people will see is the BBC program. In a year or so there will be a couple of paragraphs on the last page of the newspaper reporting that Tesla wins court case against BBC for Libel.

  • Ironaddict06

    Pow! Take that Tesla, for showing the people that cars can run on electricity.
    Yes, Tesla you probably will win the court case and get paid a few million dollars, BUT the damgae is done. All the people will see is the BBC program. In a year or so there will be a couple of paragraphs on the last page of the newspaper reporting that Tesla wins court case against BBC for Libel.

    • narror

      “The Claimants expect to recover not more than £100,000.”

  • Anonymous

    “The Claimants expect to recover not more than £100,000.”

  • Tesla

    Tesla is rolling in his grave right now. He abandoned alternating current and went with unidirectional pulsed DC instead. That car would be 10 times better if they actually understood Tesla’s theories and engineering. 

  • Tesla

    Tesla is rolling in his grave right now. He abandoned alternating current and went with unidirectional pulsed DC instead. That car would be 10 times better if they actually understood Tesla’s theories and engineering.