When Top Gear said that, “In the real world, [the Tesla Roadster] doesn’t seem to work,” the electric automaker responded with a lawsuit. Nissan is taking a different tack, putting a clever twist on the one-sided, anti-EV message that the British television show keeps broadcasting about the faults of plug-in vehicles. In the town of Lincoln, where presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May supposedly ran out of juice in a Nissan Leaf (it was all staged), Nissan will install two charging points, one dedicated to each of the TV stars.
The EVSE – a PodPoint charging unit – will be put in the downtown area and the two sockets, will “allow both Jeremy and James to recharge their batteries at the same time.” How kind.
When the chaps aren’t around, other plug-in vehicle drivers will be able to charge for free at the station, something that the local government representatives are obviously pleased about (as you can read in the statement after the jump). The station should be operational by the end of August, and Nissan says it is going to invite May and Clarkson to be the first to plug in there. That’s an event we look forward to seeing on an episode of Top Gear right about… never.
Nice to see some companies take criticism as a good thing and improve upon it