Despite her father, Jeremy Clarkson, being a “dinosaur” and professing his hatred for all-electric vehicles, Emily recently posted to her Instagram account to show her newfound excitement for EVs. In particular, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, which Ford had given her for this paid advertisement.
The 27-year-old has fought endlessly for equality, body positivity, and given insight into the world of a journalist and influencer through her Instagram. Her father, The Grand Tour presenter, will often show his pride in his daughter, but we’re not so sure he’d agree with her latest post as she poses next to the all-electric SUV from Ford.
“OK here’s some surprising stuff I’ve learned about electric cars,” Emily wrote in the post’s caption.
“Spoiler alert, before I started working with @forduk I knew NOTHING about them so the only way is up eh!”
Jeremy Clarkson has often promoted his disdain for EVs, telling the press multiple times that he’d “never” own an electric car.
He told DriveTribe the following:
“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.”
“Call me a dinosaur,” the ex-Top Gear presenter said, “but I prefer Pink Floyd to Stormzy, and I prefer a Ford Mustang to a Tesla”.
This was, of course, before Ford made a Mustang iteration all-electric.
This obviously didn’t put Ford off from teaming up with his daughter, Emily, who was blown away by the EV.
“It’s SO much more economical to charge your car than I thought it would be – I guess I thought it would be on par with petrol but it absolutely isn’t and our charges rarely cost more than £20!” she exclaimed
“You have more space because there’s no engine… I’m not even joking it took me ages to clock that we had another boot in the bonnet (AKA the frunk!) because there wasn’t an engine in there!”
She continued, adding that she appreciates how quiet the car is:
“It’s quiet… I didn’t appreciate HOW it could actually be that quiet until I heard it… or didn’t hear it.
“It was a bit eery at the beginning but now I love it.”
There are several reasons to buy an electric car, but often consumers are put off by the idea of charging. It’s no secret that the current charging network can’t sustain some drivers’ driving habits, and while charging times are coming down, the time required to charge fully your car can be intimidating to those who are used to filling up at a fuel station.
Despite this, Emily was surprised by how easy she found it:
“I guess I didn’t know what to look for before but I’m actually embarrassed at how I NEVER NOTICED them before,” she revealed.
“We legit have two on OUR STREET and I didn’t see them before… but yeh, they’re everywhere – service stations, supermarkets, car parks, petrol stations, on residential streets.”(sic)
She then went on to explain how Ford’s charging app worked:
“Ford have an app that you connect with the car so you can see where compatible chargers are!
“You can charge your car at home!!! It takes a while but you can literally plug your car into your house (the Ford Mach E comes with a cable to make this possible) and overnight you can leave it charging.
“It’s not as much effort as I thought it’d be – in fact, when you get into the swing of things, it’s not really any extra effort at all.”
This will likely persuade many of her 230,000 followers to look into the all-electric future. And while we are also interested in learning more about EVs, we’re sure even his daughter won’t persuade Jeremy Clarkson.
“We are still LOVING the Ford Mustang Mach E, particularly in London, it’s so zippy and economical I’m going to miss it a LOT when it goes!! Electric is so EXCITING!!!” Emily writes.