Despite the feud that seems to plague the history of Top Gear and Elon Musk’s Tesla, the now Grand Tour star James May has gone and bought himself a Model S.
May is a advocate of the electric car, with himself already owning a BMW i3 after swapping in a Fiat Panda. Now, he’s taken his electric car hobby to a whole new level by buying the car that arguably rocketed Tesla into success, the legendary Model S.
It’s no surprise that May has chosen to purchase this car. After all, his extremely positive reaction when driving one a couple of months ago which you can find here, with an article he personally named ‘Great car, crap vid’.
“I don’t know what the future of the car is, but I do believe one way or another they’re going to be powered by electric motors,” he says. He explains in the video above that he hasn’t chosen the car to be eco-friendy or green, but instead wants to be part of the electric car ‘experiment’. He explains that he knows motor-driven cars are going to be the future, whether they’re powered by electricity or hydrogen or whatever, and the more we all embrace them, the more lenient governments may be in regards to the odd internal combustion engine-powered car.
May notes that the car is far bigger than he’d ever need, and also discusses the scarce interior. He feels as though it could do with being slightly more ‘flamboyant’, but he prefers this to an over-complicated interior from the likes of a Bentley or a Rolls-Royce. While the Model S may be simpler than its rivals such as the Mercedes S Class, it offers technology that far outcompetes such cars. That’s Tesla’s USP, and it has certainly worked on James May.