Top Gear's James May is buying an i3

by Bernie McGroarty on June 3, 2014, 9:49 pm
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Top Gear’s James May is going electric, well not completely, and buying an electric car. According to an article by Transport Evolved, May, one of the the power trio of petrol heads that host the BBC’s Top Gear, is actually buying a BMW i3.

James May picking up an EV may seem a little odd, given how Top Gear criticized electric cars, showing them as slow and impractical. However, if I were to pick one of the three hosts to give an EV a go, it would be James May, if for any reason, the technology. I can see him now, chatting on about how the i3 works, while Clarkson and Hammond nod off.

May was quoted saying “In terms of technology, the electric car works perfectly well, The problem is still electricity, the difficulty in charging, the difficulty in storing it.” To help with the charging issues, and a little range anxiety, the i3 he purchases will include the range-extender option. “You don’t have to use it, and I will try not to use it,” he promised. “It’s a bit like when I tell the doctor I’m not going to do any drinking or smoking but I will do a bit. I will try to use the electric car infrastructure as much as possible.”

It’s good to see even the biggest petrol heads giving EVs a go. I wonder if Clarkson and Hammond will follow? No matter, I’m sure May will find the i3 is much better than the Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust.

Source Transport Evolved

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4 responses to Top Gear's James May is buying an i3

listerone commented:
June 4, 2014, 5:39 pm

I'm sure that BMW does electric vehicles as well as,if not better than,any car maker out there.But lectric vehicles have never been,and will never be,for me.About as "bold" as I'd be willing to be in purchasing a diesel hybrid like the Mercedes E 300 which,I believe,is available in Europe today.
BestCS commented:
June 4, 2014, 8:25 pm

Sure is an ugly little brute!
trunkrecords commented:
November 4, 2014, 12:34 pm

Not really. I think it is a beautiful car. YMMV.
wyb commented:
November 4, 2014, 9:20 pm

if you live in a large metropolitan area like London, then an i3 would be pretty useful - not for long trips of course, but around town, handy, useful and you get spots to park reserved for zero emission/EV cars with chargers provided free of charge (I think).