Petrol is the Future, Not Electric Cars: Jeremy Clarkson

Electric cars need to be charged for a long time, before taking them on the roads.

Published11 Jan 2017, 02:21 PM IST
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That’s the future and it’s made of petrol.
Jeremy Clarkson, presenter, The Grand Tour

Those familiar with BBC’s Top Gear need no introduction to Jeremy Clarkson, the man who made auto journalists the ‘cool’ thing to be.

After quitting the BBC show, he’s joined forces with Amazon for The Grand Tour and safe to say, the flavour of the show still remains with Clarkson and co and their cheeky takes on the auto industry.

With the show’s latest episode, Clarkson and his team decided to give electric cars a shot, but sadly, they’ve got nothing good to say about it.

It all started when co-presenter on the show James May decided to charge up an electric car and see how long he can drive it.

James May charging the electric car. (Photo Courtesy: Amazon screengrab)
James May charging the electric car. (Photo Courtesy: Amazon screengrab)

He charged it for 8 hours.

Charging it up. (Photo Courtesy: Amazon screen grab)
Charging it up. (Photo Courtesy: Amazon screen grab)

And once that was done, May set out on his journey around the roads of London. He even crossed a gas station on his way.

The car runs on electricity. Who needs petrol? (Photo Courtesy: Amazon screengrab)
The car runs on electricity. Who needs petrol? (Photo Courtesy: Amazon screengrab)

That is until, the inevitable happened.

The car’s battery died. (Photo Courtesy: Amazon screengrab)
The car’s battery died. (Photo Courtesy: Amazon screengrab)

And there was no option but to push the car to the side.

With no power left in the car, May had to push it himself. (Photo Courtesy: Amazon screen grab)
With no power left in the car, May had to push it himself. (Photo Courtesy: Amazon screen grab)

How far did you get after 8 hours of charging?

21 miles

To which, Richard Hammond, the third guy on the show said:

For me to travel 130 miles to get home, it’ll take 3 days

Finally, bringing an end to this debate, Clarkson said:

Or, you could get a petrol-powered car, put some petrol in it and be home in 2 hours.
Jeremy Clarkson, Presenter, The Grand Tour 

“That's the future and it's made of petrol.”

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