Fans of The Grand Tour and previously Top Gear will know that Jeremy Clarkson doesn’t get on with electric cars. In fact, one of the first electric cars reviewed by him on Top Gear ended in a court case, with Tesla suing the BBC car show over the presenter apparently lying about its Roadster.
The court ruled this to be wrong, and Clarkson and the BBC got away with their negative remarks on the all-electric sports car, but since then it’s seemed to have left a sour taste in Jeremy’s mouth.
Now, in a recent video with DriveTribe, he’s admitted that’s while he finds the cars “interesting”, and understands why people like them, he will never own one:
“I will never have an electric car. I can see people like them, they are interesting. I just like the sound of a V8.
“I never want to drive a car that hasn’t got a nice sound coming out of the front or the back and petrol does that.
“I’m nearly 60 so I can drive petrol cars until I die.”
This interview was recorded in the Summer of 2019, but released last month, and covers a host of questions fired at Clarkson.
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“I just wouldn’t buy an electric car. I’ve driven them. I can see that there is an appeal.
“I quite like the BMW i8 which I know isn’t truly electric.
“Sorry, call me a dinosaur because I prefer Pink Floyd to Stormzy. I prefer a Ford Mustang to a Tesla.”
James May stands at the opposite side of this argument, with two electric cars in his own garage: a Tesla Model S and a Toyota Mirai, the latter running on hydrogen over charged batteries. Clarkson commented on this in a previous interview:
“James is hilarious. He wants the world to think he’s in tune with the times.
“Brown beer, brown furniture, really wants a Rover 90 but he goes and buys a Tesla. Bless him. Each to their own.”