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Comment: Re:A lop of people seem to be forgetting something (Score 1) 369

by Joao (#35704982) Attached to: Top Gear Fights Back At Tesla

Fuel cell cars do not run on combustion. I suggest you read on what a fuel-cell it. It generates electricity via a chemical process, not via a generator.

And yes, the infrastructure to support it isn't there yet. But neither was the infrastructure for cell phones just a couple of decades ago. Doesn't mean the idea should be abandoned.

Comment: A lop of people seem to be forgetting something (Score 5, Informative) 369

by Joao (#35700498) Attached to: Top Gear Fights Back At Tesla

A little disclaimer: I'm an environmentalist, I work for an international environmental organization, bicycle commuter, haven't owned a car in over 15 years, and spend my vacations volunteering at animal rescue facilities.

I've been reading a lot of "the Top Gear guys are petrolheads who only care about big petrol engines" and such comments. One thing a lot of people seem to be forgetting about this case is that, on the same episode where they tested the Tesla, they also tested the Honda Civic Electric Fuel Cell. And guess what? They had nothing but high praise for the Honda.

One may argue that they didn't push the Honda nearly as hard as they pushed the Tesla, but that is because they were holding each car to the candle of what each manufacturer claims. Honda claims their car is just a Honda Civic. Reliable user-friendly everyday transportation. So that's how it was tested it. Just like every other reliable user-friendly everyday transportation vehicle they test on the show. The Tesla on the other hand describes their car as a supercar. So they did the tests the same way they do all other supercars. On the track at high speeds. The Honda succeeded as reliable user-friendly everyday transportation. Yet the Tesla failed miserably as a supercar. That is all there is to it.

So no, this has nothing to do with Clarkson being a petrolhead. Yes, he is a petrohead and an ass. Vey funny, but an ass nevertheless. I highly disagree with most of his opinions about just about anything. But I think both tests were spot on.

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