BBC Reporter Gets Beat By Tesla Roadster

Incensed by BBC's reporting, British EV fan David Peilow borrows a Roadster, arrives in Edinburgh ahead of Mini-E.

Published: 14-Jan-2011

Electric vehicles have a bad rap for their limited range, but one enthusiast set out to show things are not be quite as bad as they seem. After the BBC set out on a journey from London to Scotland to illustrate an EV’s limited range, a Tesla Roadster, departing two days later, actually beat the Mini E to its destination.

The [BBC's] story, currently airing on English television, shows journalist Brian Milligan’s drive from London to Edinburgh, a journey of roughly 484 miles. Sounds simple, you say, but considering the Mini E has a range of only 100 miles on a single charge and needs roughly ten hours to recharge, the trip quickly turns from trivial to tricky.

Milligan was forced to stop at least once a day over the four-day span to recharge. BMW/Mini has said the cars have roughly 100 miles of range, but driving habits, traffic conditions, and ambient temperatures can have an effect on its range, and potentially whittle that figure down to 60 miles. Further, Milligan was forced to search for one of the few charging stations sprinkled throughout England, and wait for hours before continuing his drive.

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