Tesla Motors files lawsuit against BBC’s 'Top Gear' for libel

Tesla Motors files lawsuit against BBC’s 'Top Gear' for libelElectric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc has filed a lawsuit against the BBC television show “Top Gear” for libel & malicious falsehood.

Top Gear showed a Tesla Roadster running out of electric charge during a race with the Lotus Elise- a gas-powered car. Tesla claimed the concerned television show represented the performance of its electric vehicle falsely.

The American manufacturer claimed that neither of the two electric vehicles it loaned to the show dipped below 20 per cent of charge.

Top Gear showed the Tesla Roadster’s mileage range at 55 miles per charge, but Tesla claimed that vehicle’s actual range is 211 miles per charge.

Commenting on the issue, "When 'Top Gear' reviewed the Tesla Roadster, the episode that aired contained lies and misinformation about the Roadster's performance, behavior, and reliability.”

Tesla wants BBC to correct misrepresentations and to stop airing the segment from show. In damages, it is seeking "not more than" 100,000 pounds.

California-based Tesla, which was founded in 2003, recently announced that its fourth-quarter net loss widened from $3.2 million in 2009 to $51.4 million last year.