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BBC Continues To Court Controversy Over Electric-Car Coverage

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BBC Correspondent complains about MINI E

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The British Broadcasting Company (BCC) is the UK's beloved public broadcaster and is seen by most Britons as a fairly neutral voice is an increasingly politicized media.

However, one particular area of their coverage has always drawn criticism: their coverage of electric vehicles.

The most notable incident was when Top Gear, their popular motoring show, pretended the battery on a Tesla Roadster they were testing had run out during the test--when in fact there it had enough power  for the Tesla to drive home afterward.

The latest stunt is, in their own words, "unfair in one sense, but surely fair in another." They plan to drive roughly 400 miles from London to Edinburgh, Scotland, using only public charge points.

On the face of it, this could make for good publicity for electric vehicles.

However, their choice of an electric Mini E with a range of  "104 miles under normal driving conditions," coupled with the the UK's current lack of fast-charging facilities, could lead to some cliched footage of the reporter waiting for his car to charge.

To make it worse (but potentially more dramatic), the last leg of the journey is beyond the range of the car. On the face of it, there is no public charging infrastucture their driver can use.

As much as I hope otherwise, at this point it doesn't look like the BBC will change its reputation for biased reporting on electric cars any time soon..

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