Clarkson Says He Has No Issue With Electric Vehicles

There was a time when Jeremy Clarkson, like so many other old-school car enthusiasts, absolutely despised electric cars.

However, in the near decade since the former Top Gear host’s infamous review of the Tesla Roadster, electric cars have come a long way. So, have Clarkson’s views changed as well?

Mashable recently sat down with the controversial journalist prior to the launch of The Grand Tour’s second season and much to our surprise, Clarkson no longer appears to be vehemently opposed to electric cars, perhaps sensing the inevitable EV revolution.

Quizzed about his thoughts of the 2020 Tesla Roadster, Clarkson said, “I think the world could become kinder, better place, perhaps because of electrical cars. I certainly have no problem with electricity as a means of propulsion.” Yes, those exact words left Clarkson’s mouth.

It remains to be seen what has swayed Clarkson’s views, but we wouldn’t be surprised to hear that the Rimac Concept_One, set to star in the new season of The Grand Tour, may have convinced him.


  • SgtBeavis

    Too many damn words on the screen and not nearly enough of Clarkson speaking.

  • Alter Ego

    People can change for the better

  • TheBelltower

    Clarkson is a dinosaur. Everyone has opinions about cars. There’s a lot of psychology behind people’s opinions of various cars. He doesn’t provide anything particularly insightful. He’s just an old man who needs a pokin’ stick to wave around.

    • PK

      well clarkson is a classic car type of guy. i don’t blame him.

      • TheBelltower

        I own my fair share of classic cars. But if people can’t appreciate the virtues of new technology, especially when it trounces tractor-based technology, then I don’t think much of their opinions.

        • Six Thousand Times

          Tractor-based technology? That’s a little bit much.

          • TheBelltower

            Editorial license. 😉 Actually, I have had some cars that did drive like tractors.

          • Lawrence Rhodes

            No pretty accurate. Almost anything ICE is a dinosaur. With 0 to 60 in 1.9 seconds and 600 mile range that is hard to beat.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Claimed. Tesla has a habit of overpromising and underdelivering.

  • FoxJ30

    To be fair, Clarkson likes cars that are exciting, British, and practical, in that order. The Tesla roadster was only exciting for a short period of time, after which it had to sit for hours on a charger. So if you drive it in an unexciting way, it ends up being an un-fun, un-practical, and un-British car. One could say the same thing about the Gee Whiz.

    There’s been much advancement in the past few years, where cars like the Tesla S can be both exciting and practical, or something like the Rimac, which is probably exciting for a lot longer than a Roadster.

    I can definitely see how someone could be more excited about electric cars today than a decade ago.

    • Lawrence Rhodes

      A decade ago Top Gear scripted the Tesla breakdown. They got sued for it and got away with it in the British Court as the Judge said it was entertainment and not fact based. Since then Tesla has logged every mile of every Tesla for maintenance reasons so any debunkers of Tesla can therefore be found out. Once you know the Bigoted arrogant Clarkson the less you can stomach him. He is a vile creature who should rot in hell for propagating false information on American & electric cars.

  • robotlogic

    To be fair England had a lot of super crappy electric cars with nothing but broken promises up till that time.

  • Lawrence Rhodes

    Clarkson is an entertainer. He has certain biases and is just a big kid living out his fantasy which includes bigotry and scripted breakdowns. His antics are wide ranging, tipping over a bevy of Reliant Robins which was faked( ) slamming electric and American cars. Elon Musks Tesla being a huge focus for Clarkson which caused a lawsuit. Using the N word among other things got him fired from the BBC. His attempt to vilify electric cars failed. Electric cars are now the fastest and quickest on the planet not to mention reliable. That must gall Clarkson who hates American and Electric Cars and to this day lies about scripting the Tesla failure..