Elon Musk Slammed as ‘Petulant’ by Jeremy Clarkson Over Tesla Dispute
December 11, 2017 Mike Brown
The Tesla Roadster
Jeremy Clarkson is not a big fan of Elon Musk. The host of the Grand Tour
Amazon car show had some choice words for the Tesla CEO in an interview
published Monday, where he criticized Musk’s handling of a libel lawsuit
that focused on the battery range of a Tesla Roadster.
“I actually reviewed the new Tesla in the new show and in many ways, it’s
tremendous,” Clarkson told The Daily Beast. “I’ve got no ax to grind. He’s
the only one who ever behaved in such a petulant way—most industry bosses
are a lot more grown up.”
Tesla sued the BBC in 2011, after Clarkson’s previous show Top Gear claimed
in 2008 that the company’s electric car only ran for 55 miles on a single
charge, among other misrepresentations. The show featured a scene where a
four-man crew pushed the car back to the hangar after running out of juice
during a track run. Tesla claims the car can run for over 200 miles.
In a statement on its website, the company said:
The breakdowns were staged and the statements are untrue. Yet the
programme’s lies are repeatedly and consistently re-broadcast to hundreds of
millions of viewers worldwide on BBC television and web sites, and on other
TV channels via syndication; the show is available on the internet, and is
for sale on Top Gear DVD’s around the world.
The company said that the episode lost the sale of 20 electric vehicles,
caused around $171,000 in damage and undermined investor confidence. The
saga ended in March 2013 after Tesla’s appeal was dismissed, with court
judge Lord Justice Moore-Bick describing the case for special damages as
“very thin on its own terms.”
Musk wasn’t quite done, though.
“Clarkson’s show is much more about entertainment than about truth,” Musk
told BBC Newsnight in October of that year. “His two pet peeves are American
cars, and electric cars, and we’re an American electric car, so we’re in the
worst possible situation for someone like Clarkson.”
In that time, the pair have gone on to find more success of their own. Tesla
has gone from being worth around $4 billion in January 2013 to today’s
market capitalization of $53 billion. Clarkson moved from the BBC to Amazon,
and the opening of the first episode of The Grand Tour was reportedly the
most expensive in history at a cost of $3.1 million.
Clarkson still hasn’t forgotten his issues with Tesla, though.
“He sued me and lost, he appealed and lost. You go online and you read that
we ‘made it up,’ that we ‘faked it’…We didn’t,” Clarkson said in Monday’s
interview. “You see, if anybody is going to get sued, I mean you can’t say
that sort of thing. I could say all sorts of things about Musk but I won’t.
Musk doesn’t like losing. Unfortunately he did twice…He’s just got sour
Chronic EV-despiser Clarkson swayed (!?!)> sez has no issue w/ Electric
Dec 11 2017
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