James May's Tesla Model S has failed!

James May has had his Tesla Model S for a while, and until now there have been little-to-no issues with the big electric saloon car. But after taking time away from the bunker to film the next episode of The Grand Tour, a gremlin has crept into James' EV. Let him explain...

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  • To be clear, I set the battery to charge to 80 per cent. When I say 'fully charged' I mean the cycle is complete.

    JM's unemployment tubeJM's unemployment tube29 dagar sedan
    • @David Pan Exactly. Who wants to wait for a mechanic to arrive, when they have other vehicles right there they can connect jump leads to? And regardless of whether Tesla would have sent someone out, this is a problem that should never have been experienced, whilst plugged in to power! Major oversight of a very basic and foreseeable electrical issue.

      Matthew JenkinsMatthew Jenkins14 dagar sedan
    • Seems like an update should be arriving to warn the account of that batter and its status.

      Joel GarciaJoel Garcia18 dagar sedan
    • @Heiko Luder any 12v lead acid battery if not used will sulphate and warranty will not cover that. They must be used regularly once put into service. In the trade is deemed as customer abuse

      phil barnesphil barnes19 dagar sedan
    • Li-ion dont like being kept at 80% if your not using it 60% is much kinder to the cells. Same goes other way dont leave at say 20%. If ya doing lots of short journeys try as much as possible to hover around the 60% mark. Or 3.8 -3.85volts per cell

      phil barnesphil barnes19 dagar sedan
    • perhaps it was designed by an IDIOT

      Jules MarwellJules Marwell21 dag sedan
  • I'll stick to my Land Rover Defender (not the Disco6 version)...

    WaddyWaddy4 timmar sedan
  • Why not keep it plugged in?? Like the car??

    Joshua PerrieJoshua Perrie5 timmar sedan
  • A fully charged main battery and you can't get in the car. That is ridiculous.

    Larry DuganLarry Dugan6 timmar sedan
  • One day we´ll service our cars at PCworld. Which is sad.

    randomblokerandombloke7 timmar sedan
  • Getting to the bottom of this would've frustrated and aroused him in equal parts.

    MCS 32MCS 329 timmar sedan
  • Ironic, since the new plaid models have replaced the acid battery with a lithium one.

    Dennis PremoliDennis Premoli19 timmar sedan
  • What it needs are door handles. Normal ones.

    glockenreinglockenrein20 timmar sedan
  • I had a car which I had shaved the door handles. Kinda neat cause without door handles the car had no need for locks. The key fob was programmed so that the unlock button activated a solenoid to pop open one door the lock button opened the other door. The car wanting to automatically lock itself when I broke 10mph was a huge problem until I figured out how to disable that system. Every time I set off the passenger door would fly open. All that to say I had a secret hood release to get access to the engine/battery. But heaven forbid you ever shut the door and left the key inside. No locks need the key to open the door :P

    Luke OrlandoLuke Orlando21 timme sedan
  • Moral of the story: drive your car instead of a display item in a garage

    D MomcilovicD Momcilovic22 timmar sedan
  • Drama queen much? Dude those plastic covers take 2.5 seconds to remove, all vehicles batteries die, most people do not leave their car parked with out usage and if they do the next problem you will have it flat tires. Just buy another vehicles since you are disliking the Tesla.

    Qubit 711Qubit 711Dag sedan
  • F*ck electric cars ! How are these gonna be the future awful !

    Alex CarlucciAlex CarlucciDag sedan
  • how much did that car cost? for that money you would think a bonnet release in the cabin wouldnt be too much to ask.

    Sin1979Sin1979Dag sedan
  • Quite a major oversight there. Why on earth isn't there a part of the charging system that's able to monitor the 12v battery and charge it, if it loses charge? Or maybe have a second charging port on the front of the car?

    J DaleyJ DaleyDag sedan
  • Why don't electric cars have a solar panel on the roof, at least to charge auxiliary battery. Wouldn't solve problem in a garage but ...

    Alex NAlex N2 dagar sedan
  • May I suggest a better idea (maybe)? How about the computer knows to keep the 12v system live by taking power from the 400v DC pack (like it would normally do anyway) even when the car is not driven?

    Jean-Claude DJean-Claude D2 dagar sedan
  • The sudden cable fourthly excite because tent additionly bomb behind a snotty peen. friendly, cowardly archer

    Evan OukEvan Ouk2 dagar sedan
  • Dont they have a small port in the front pumper were you have 2 wires and cant jump start it with a external batterie ????

    Argus BurebistusArgus Burebistus2 dagar sedan
  • Stop beating around the bush and say what you really think

    D PinkertonD Pinkerton2 dagar sedan
  • In the new BMW iX you cannot even open the front anymore :)

    Matthias GötzkeMatthias Götzke3 dagar sedan
  • I love my manual transmission Toyota Corolla. When the battery died, all I had to do to start it was get it rolling in 2nd gear and release the clutch.

    MyDailyUploadMyDailyUpload3 dagar sedan
  • It's a Tesla, what else but fail should you expect?

    asrsiasrsi3 dagar sedan
  • Designers left their inteligence at home that week..

    izalmanizalman3 dagar sedan
  • Do not listen to Elon Musk. Elon Musk claims Bitcoin is a polluter and yet overlooks the mining of lithium for his car's batteries and rocket program are much bigger polluters. His electricity use comes from polluting sources. He does not even have solar panels on his factories roofs. He is a hypocrite. People should therefore protest by not buying his cars and demand action be taken for his rockets and factories to use other fuel alternatives. They should protest outside his home and office to demand this change.

    Spartan ConscienceSpartan Conscience4 dagar sedan
  • All this to keep, a conventional batterie charged, why not redo the electronics to keep it topped off, once it's plugged into the wall the car should take care of its self, this is indeed a design flaw,now i don't design rockets too , i would think about it if i was to go for a ride though.A battery flaw that should have been taken care of in the very beginning. That car that is wondering in space, that car had the flaw, but since it's gone they forgot to address it. Enters Captain Slow... 😂

  • What a dumb unfinished solution by Tesla.. Just like much of the bodywork on their cars :P

    ØysteinØystein5 dagar sedan
  • Well that's what you get for buying something major from such a minor company. It's like buying a TVR and wondering why it doesn't work like a Toyota.

    Russ NRuss N5 dagar sedan
  • Tesla is like an Italian car from what I can conclude from that video.

    The FarmerThe Farmer5 dagar sedan
  • Ford's lighting is looking better than Tesla...

    Felipe GonzalesFelipe Gonzales5 dagar sedan
  • So if the front trunk could be opened from the sides of the fenders, that is not a secure trunk...

    Felipe GonzalesFelipe Gonzales5 dagar sedan
  • Wow that is a horrible design.

    Felipe GonzalesFelipe Gonzales5 dagar sedan
  • Well,that's put me off a Tesla.

    about the metalabout the metal5 dagar sedan
  • Ok, so there is no emergency key to get into the car, is that right? Also there are no jump posts to provide help if a conventional car needs some 12V, I see. But that the DCDC shuts down while being plugged in and while it needs to charge the 12V system is just a weird strategy. That's odd.

    S MartinS Martin5 dagar sedan
  • Rolf Harris is back in front of the camera I see...

    K RK R6 dagar sedan
  • James, it doesn't need a service battery charging port. It needs a software update to maintain a float charge continously when plugged in.

    Hywel SambrookHywel Sambrook6 dagar sedan
  • I can hear Clarkson laughing

    Kyler NapierKyler Napier6 dagar sedan
  • why do I find this NOT boring

    Shashee KaushalyaShashee Kaushalya6 dagar sedan
  • So Funny........

    Stuart BrownStuart Brown6 dagar sedan
  • James has too many cars / toys.

    Antonio PalmeroAntonio Palmero7 dagar sedan
  • All that to get at a battery no thanks

    peter flynnpeter flynn7 dagar sedan
  • Elon’s way to busy building tunnels that you can travel at 1000 mph in he’s still at 200 mph 6 years later

    Markus gordonMarkus gordon7 dagar sedan
  • The internet needs more James May!

    MrBurritoManMrBurritoMan7 dagar sedan
  • I'd rather buy a Gripen J-39 or a F5 tiger than a Electric car

    Rocketry And MoreRocketry And More7 dagar sedan
  • I know this is all irrelevant to the video but, Does James know today is the 78th Anniversary of his successful mission back in 1943 where he defeated Luftwaffe Reichsmarschall von Clarkson in the North Africa campaign alongside the Duke of Hammond? I mean asides from him discovering the True Source of the Nile.

    Jonnny RenJonnny Ren7 dagar sedan
  • but why can't Tesla just make it so the big battery chargers the small battery when needed?

    JayHowiJayHowi7 dagar sedan
  • Oh dear, poor little rich boy with all his serious problems. Life is sooooo cruel.

    Cede NullisCede Nullis7 dagar sedan
    • keep crying you salty helmet

      AntAnt7 dagar sedan
  • For a $100,000 car?

    ff8123ff81237 dagar sedan
  • turn on the cooler or heater remotely sometimes duh rich people problems to many cars to drive so sad

    danny Bdanny B7 dagar sedan
  • Horrible design

    Travis PerakovicTravis Perakovic8 dagar sedan
  • Sounds like a recall is warranted and some sort of charging port added that is available from the outside.

    David BarryDavid Barry8 dagar sedan
    • Or better yet, some circuitry added to monitor that 12V conventional battery and charge it when needed. Like it should have in the first place. Which may be possible simply with a software change since there must be some sort of monitoring hardware on that battery.

      David BarryDavid Barry6 dagar sedan
  • James, you should carry a lithium portable jump starter.

    7S POWER7S POWER8 dagar sedan
  • 75,000 trouble free miles and counting with my model 3 ..my car makes all kind of noises and has scratches who cares it drives me from point a to point b

    Ben CrillyBen Crilly8 dagar sedan
  • James you are not as p***ed off with Elon as the BTC hodl'ers are ! And by the way you never actually own a Tesla. The onboard Stazi system can digitally evict you anytime. You are just a tenant of tesla tech.

    jamie smitherjamie smither8 dagar sedan
  • This hasn’t happened to us yet, and despite being a Tesla fan family, it’s utterly baffling...especially in light of all the high tech. Nice solution.

    C BromleyC Bromley8 dagar sedan
  • Anyone else drink in the irony of having the 'eco friendly' battery car parked behind the gorgeous Renault A110 with it's proper engine? Bet you don't need to dismantle it if you ever need to charge the battery LOL

    Stephen MStephen M8 dagar sedan
  • My 15 year old Focus has exactly that kind of charging lead permanently plumbed in to my battery for top up charging. Of course, it's powered by a nasty ICE which kills a load of dolphins every time I use it - brilliant! :)

    Stephen MStephen M9 dagar sedan
  • Hmmmmm, I should connect a short charging-cable to the roof to connect to...

    Posh PandaPosh Panda9 dagar sedan
  • whoops, well that was a silly omission on the electrics. Tesla obviously didn't expect an owner would NOT use his car everyday... or even for a week or 3.

    SnowChainsSnowChains9 dagar sedan
  • what car is that in the backround

    Luqman SiknderLuqman Siknder9 dagar sedan
  • that is quite a design flaw. So the 12V battery only charges if and when the BIG battery is not full. So how does it charge when driving? The 12V will be charged from the BIG batt?

    PauleeDee HimselfPauleeDee Himself10 dagar sedan
  • All this just so the exhaust pipe can be move to a power plant far away and we can pretend we are saving the environment in a car that has so much plastic in it that if it crashed into the ocean it would an oil slick to rival that of the Exxon Valdez.

    Stephen DStephen D10 dagar sedan
  • really.

    dcoog anmldcoog anml10 dagar sedan
  • That’s what you get for having a big scalextric car 😂😂

    David BarnsleyDavid Barnsley10 dagar sedan
  • This is where things are heading in the future, a complete and utter hassle with cars. Plus what makes it worse is, from 2040 all petrol and diesel cars are to be banned so the poor will no longer be able to drive as electric cars cost thousands of pounds and to replace batteries which last about 15 years it costs more thousands of pounds too. Welcome to the world in 2040 where only rich people will legally be allowed to drive cars. Plus unless the mileage range is dramatically raised many people will run out of charge and you might see many people stuck at the side of roads out of charge and you might see stations full of people waiting hours to charge their car to carry on a journey so a once upon a time journey of about two hours, in the future becomes a journey of around four hours of more.

    Richard StringerRichard Stringer11 dagar sedan
    • Frankly, I’m surprised the 12v battery has lasted nearly 4 years. My lease return, after double extension, is a week away. Anxious for refresh model S to arrive.

      dcoog anmldcoog anml10 dagar sedan
  • Think i'll stick with my hillman husky.

    Edward KennedyEdward Kennedy11 dagar sedan
  • Hah! Looks like the Allegro was not so bad, after all.

    paul suttonpaul sutton11 dagar sedan
  • over rated car. Tesla number one in customer complaints.

    major 007major 00711 dagar sedan
  • Yet another example of idiots being left in charge of something that requires an intelligent person. Referring to the design engineer in this case.

    chrissybabechrissybabe11 dagar sedan
  • What a great ending! "Why is it making that noise?.....RUN AWAY!"

    Ailsa NiAilsa Ni11 dagar sedan
    • It's just a pleasure to listen to someone who knows how to pronounce Battery.

      Ailsa NiAilsa Ni11 dagar sedan
  • James May : Post a video about Tesla. Tesla, inc : Back to the drawing board.

    VolebienVolebien11 dagar sedan
  • Tesla fan boys heads are spinning 360 and projectile vomiting.

    GeoSGeoS11 dagar sedan
  • ~what mechanic to you bring this to when it needs fixing?~Tesla Dealers?~arrrrrrrggggghhhh!!!~garbage~I am not a fan on gas and oil but it seems a lot more sense to own a car that runs on it as if you are driving on a highway and you just noticed you need a charge and you are right in the middle of a desolated land I guess Triple A cannot come out and service your vehicle to get you rolling again~this type of car to me seems like only a commuter or grocery getter~these cars are expensive and they can have them~

    DAPCDAPC11 dagar sedan
  • I prefer James more on SEcrone than I did on TV. I don't know why, I just do.

    kyle mitchellkyle mitchell11 dagar sedan
  • "You've now voided you're warranty" Wait for that line next time you take it in for a service or diagnosis

    kolim jonekolim jone12 dagar sedan
    • I've seen that much plastic somewhere - under a BMW's hood...

      kolim jonekolim jone12 dagar sedan
  • I had to install some radio gear in an earlier model tesla, the 12 volt battery was considerably more hidden than this, I replaced it with a Li-FePO4 battery and a noco charging pigtail with the charge indicator, done! Spend that kind of money on a car and they install the weakest, inaccessible battery they could find.

    Bozo's PlayhouseBozo's Playhouse12 dagar sedan
  • it's stil an awesome car/brand which redefined the car market. I personally don't mind the minor inconveniences which basically every car has, if you look for them.

    Johan TeekensJohan Teekens12 dagar sedan
  • Lol!! Wow! Engineering at its finest.

    Tollef ReyersonTollef Reyerson12 dagar sedan
  • Nobody trusts those TOP GEAR guys after previous LIES

    Flash backFlash back12 dagar sedan
  • Hopefully, model S refresh fixes this issue. For now, I turn on Sentry mode, the main battery loses several miles daily, requiring a recharge that also charges the 12v battery. Frankly, I’m surprised the 12v battery has lasted nearly 4 years. My lease return, after double extension, is a week away. Anxious for refresh model S to arrive.

    John PoldoJohn Poldo12 dagar sedan
  • Tesla, not designed by engineers

    Alan AkeisterAlan Akeister13 dagar sedan
  • What a great ending! "Why is it making that noise?.....RUN AWAY!"

    kolim jonekolim jone13 dagar sedan
    • doors with my keys and then get access to the battery...

      kolim jonekolim jone13 dagar sedan
  • Yeah Gravitas Woman commentor stop copying all the other hypnotised commentators of hatred.

    Dennis conroyDennis conroy13 dagar sedan
  • Well thought out Tesla as always

    Sandy BoleYTSandy BoleYT13 dagar sedan
  • Looking at the internals, it appears that everything has been taped together. It really is a ripoff POS isn't it? Mr. Musk is an excellent salesman🤣🤣🤣

    Martin AtanasovMartin Atanasov13 dagar sedan
  • really.

    ceerw butyceerw buty14 dagar sedan
  • It's just a pleasure to listen to someone who knows how to pronounce Battery.

    Bob WarnerBob Warner14 dagar sedan
    • @Bob Warner Heaven forbid!

      Aotearoa KiwiAotearoa Kiwi9 dagar sedan
    • @Aotearoa Kiwi It's increasingly pronounced as in ' assault and battery'.

      Bob WarnerBob Warner10 dagar sedan
    • Is there another way to pronounce battery?

      Aotearoa KiwiAotearoa Kiwi11 dagar sedan
  • Sounds broken. Elon please fix

    detonatordetonator14 dagar sedan
    • ha ha Flattery Batt failure ~ games, videos and books for kids Funbrain ! Watch....

      ceerw butyceerw buty14 dagar sedan
  • You got to be kidding!

    Iñaki Ojinaga AzkorraIñaki Ojinaga Azkorra14 dagar sedan
  • Yawn time for bed!!! Why do these people boast I have a garage full of expansive cars its just like saying hey you peasant's look how rich I am thanks to your licence fee money?? 👀🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

    Falstaff 1893Falstaff 189314 dagar sedan
  • Two batteries...Nice use of precious resources....not. Nice commonsense observations James..... As for bonnet....bring back Triumph heralds with simple side handles to lift up!

    Francis SamuelsonFrancis Samuelson14 dagar sedan
  • I've seen that much plastic somewhere - under a BMW's hood...

    Lerssi LarssonLerssi Larsson14 dagar sedan
  • modify, modify, modify, oh... then the fast charge might be disabled :)

    Joakim DahlströmJoakim Dahlström14 dagar sedan
  • "You've now voided you're warranty" Wait for that line next time you take it in for a service or diagnosis

    Rock girlRock girl15 dagar sedan
  • Spacex commander on Mars to Earth : uhhh Mission Control we have a problem! Earth to Mars: what is the nature of your problem? Mars: we can't get the hatch open Earth: did you charge the battery? Mars: yes Earth: did you also charge the little battery in the nosecone? Mars: what little battery?

    Sam88aSam88a15 dagar sedan
    • Don't know if you still have the i3, but it is the same nonsense with that one; i got stranded in an isolated carpark for several hours, waiting for a tow truck, because the small 1

      Rock girlRock girl15 dagar sedan
  • James enjoyed dismantling the Tesla really

    Ryan RitchingsRyan Ritchings15 dagar sedan
  • All that money to design an electric vehicle and Tesla failed to put in a fail-proof system to preserve the 12V bolt battery, an easier way to open the doors, and a quick connect charging system. SMH.

    Joshua BrownJoshua Brown15 dagar sedan
  • Your boring Mr May.

    kjm 1955kjm 195515 dagar sedan
  • Happened to my car too, I suspect a lot of people's cars will stall because they are not being driven during covid. My car was an old Volvo though, and I could easily open the doors with my keys and then get access to the battery...

    Markus HanssonMarkus Hansson15 dagar sedan
  • Doing as you suggest would still mean f ing about to get bonnet open Would’ve thought someone who designs and flies space rockets could sort this out can’t be that difficult to include trickle charger from main battery

    Jester-jJester-j16 dagar sedan
  • Dumbas James left the main battery in a low state. The main battery won't charge the 12V when it too is low.

    Jeff PeateJeff Peate16 dagar sedan