Silicon Valley-based company Tesla Motors said on Wednesday it is suing the BBC’s motoring tv show Top Gear for allegedly faking a race between its electric sports car and a petrol-driven Lotus Elise.
According to the automaker, Jeremy Clarkson tested the Roadster along the show’s famous “track” and made a number of false or misleading claims about the vehicle’s capabilities.
On the programme Jeremy Clarkson claimed: “Although Tesla say it’ll do 200 miles, we worked out that on our track it would run out after just 55 miles.”
A spokesperson for Top Gear said. “We can confirm that we have received notification that Tesla have issued proceedings against the BBC. The BBC stands by the program and will be vigorously defending this claim.”
The company has even put up a webpage to promote its case, which states it is still receiving questions from potential buyers who bring up Top Gear’s report and are thus concerned.
At the same time, Tesla has been involved in more lawsuits than most Silicon Valley firms. There was the lawsuit Tesla filed against competitor Fisker for allegedly stealing its design ideas and trade secrets. More,there was a suit filed by Magna accusing Tesla of two counts of breach of contract for allegedly failing to pay Magna for transmission work.
And more … there was a class action suit from former employee David Vespremi against Tesla for breach of contract, libel and slander.