James May's Tesla Model S has failed!

Publicerades den 12 maj 2021
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.

    • @william nilsson It does't really matter, because battery condition and temperature will vary hugely for others. Fact that this can happen at all is simply wrong, on a vehicle plugged in. And the effort required should that battery fail for any reason, ridiculous.

    • For how long did you leave it? How long did it take for the battery to become empty?

    • Wow Tesla design so convenient....😒 I'm gonna buy 69 Charger with 7 litre "MOTHOUR" instead

    • @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.

    • Seems like an update should be arriving to warn the account of that batter and its status.

  • LOL.. piece of junk

  • Yeah but your charging terminal would have cost $.59 more to make.

  • Does anyone else feel that Teslas have the desirability of chlamydia?

  • james, wouldnt your sollution make it easier to nick the car? i dont know anything about electric cars, it just occured to me that the reason they made it this complicated is to make it harder for the car thief

  • Fair play Mr May.

  • All EV's have a 12v battery because all the OEM components are still 12v, at least in the new Model S Plaid they have a 12v lithium ion battery.

  • What are you doing !!!

  • I'm a month late to this party, but the suggestion of a pigtail charging port in the frunk sounds quite reasonable. Perhaps Tesla would consider either a recall or at-cost option to get them installed?

  • Lego

  • Another reason why I would never even contemplate owning one of these things.

  • Shameful isn't it, with all the available engineers and technicians they come up with something that even you and I wouldn't design. We've all experienced a flat battery and we know the inconvenience it entails. Back to the drawing board and I'm willing to help out.

  • Lol...a $100K model s designed like a $20k Kia....

  • This is on the wrong channel. should be Jackanory. Yawn ZZzzzzzzz

  • Hope you know the radio code. Lol.

  • Got a Volvo ad, nuff said 🤣

  • Very environmentally friendly ! Using an electric car as a second car makes no sense if you want to save the planet !

  • I own an Audi A3 1.9 TDI and recently was unable to unlock the car with the remote. I then put the key in the driver's door lock to find that the car would still not unlock. The technician said was no way to unlock the door without making an expensive call out trip. Luckily the outside temperature warmed the battery enough to get enough power to open the door. A new battery sorted out the problem but it now has taught me to get the 12v battery checked by a professional battery dealer once a year especially with Audi cars as its electronics are ultra sensitive to low batteries.

  • I've seen this problem elsewhere where an EV has sat with it's hazards flashing and drained it's 'service' battery resulting in the same inconvenience as yours. I cannot for the life of me see why you need a service battery at all, the drive battery is never allowed to drain completely consequently it should be able to power essential ancilleries, like locks etc? Cars, and car software, seem to be designed, more and more, by people who have never had to actually repair or service them!

  • Exactly the same views as Subs. A rare event.

  • ill stick with diesel

  • If only we'd invented some kind of device that physically locked a car but could be opened without batteries, something like a metal key.

    • But then anybody with one of these bits of metal could unlock my car, doesn't sound very secure.

    • What is this heresy. We have no need for your magickal trinkets.

  • All this feels like something a software update could fix.

  • What a faff for something that shouldn't even be an issue.

  • It is a less user friendly production car at the moment

  • think i will stick to my old mercury and hotrod, those electric jokes are obsolete money pits already enjoy suckers.

  • Maybe if you put the battery on trickle charge if you where not going to use the car for a long period then it might not have died. Or leave the bonnet open.

  • Between misery and nothing I'll take nothing, you can have this obsolete electrical contraption.

  • This seems like a miserable car, I love my LEXUS 8 Cyclinder 300 HP Gasoline V8, 16 years and never a problem and still like new! Regards!

    • @ronald engels We must be twins Ronald. I am 74 with an LS 430. Love it to pieces. Like your GS, has comfort, power, and pure pleasure. My family all have new cars, but they all prefer the Lexus when we go on long runs.

    • @Chris Pritchard Thanks for your fine comment, As said the chief mechanic of Lexus during the last service of my Lexus GS 430, this car will for sure survive you and if you ever think about selling, just let me know! I am 74 now and am not giving up on this fantastic car, which gives me great driving pleasure, specially on the German Autobahn! Regards, from Hulst, the Netherlands.

    • I agree. Your Lexus was made by Japanese engineers with real pride in their creation. The Tesla was designed purely for profit, and is a natural money-pit. The Lexus will still be running in another 20 years time, with very little additional cost. I cannot imagine that the Tesla will survive that long.

  • What a load of ballocks!

  • Over engineered, overpriced and shoddily built junk. Electric cars always have and always be gimmicks. Hydrogen is the future

  • At least they moved the terminals under a SINGLE panel in newer versions of Model S - but you still have to manually release the frunk lock by pulling little hidden cable loops.

  • You should taken one for your best cars from your private collection and take it to "electric classic cars uk" and do a conversion.

  • So then, it's easier to charge your battery if you drive a 1960 Morrie Minor?

  • Someone at Tesla should really think it throug, why a second battery is needed, if you have a main battery x time its size. Didn't they hear about manufactoring and supply chain optimisation, where used components count is supposed to be as low as possible, and component reusage is key? Looks like Elon needs to learn a lot.

  • Yes, it needs a charger port, but more than that it needs to constantly recharge the small battery off of the main battery so that the main battery will just top itself back off from the wall charger as needed. You shouldn't need to plug up two different chargers. Musk needs to get rid of that 12V car battery altogether and just use a small capacitor bank that refreshes off the main battery.

  • Now you will be cancelled by Tesla sjws , and lose your job at the BBC. Oh wait...

  • Surprised at you James! You've only just caught on....when you buy a new car nowadays you enter into an arrangement. The arrangement is the manufacturer takes money from you every time something needs attention - in your case trickle charging your battery. Did you say you replace the fob battery frequently ? Your onboard!

  • simple don't buy American. Especially if musk has had a hand in the design.

  • No. No. Nope. I would have just thrown the car out.

  • I'll stick to my Land Rover Defender (not the Disco6 version)...

  • Why not keep it plugged in?? Like the car??

  • A fully charged main battery and you can't get in the car. That is ridiculous.

  • One day we´ll service our cars at PCworld. Which is sad.

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

  • Ironic, since the new plaid models have replaced the acid battery with a lithium one.

  • What it needs are door handles. Normal ones.

  • 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

  • Moral of the story: drive your car instead of a display item in a garage

  • 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.

  • F*ck electric cars ! How are these gonna be the future awful !

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

  • 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?

  • 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 ...

  • 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?

  • The sudden cable fourthly excite because tent additionly bomb behind a snotty peen. friendly, cowardly archer

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

  • Stop beating around the bush and say what you really think

  • In the new BMW iX you cannot even open the front anymore :)

  • 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.

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

  • Designers left their inteligence at home that week..

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Tesla is like an Italian car from what I can conclude from that video.

  • Ford's lighting is looking better than Tesla...

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

  • Wow that is a horrible design.

  • Well,that's put me off a Tesla.

  • 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.

  • Rolf Harris is back in front of the camera I see...

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

  • I can hear Clarkson laughing

  • why do I find this NOT boring

  • So Funny........

  • James has too many cars / toys.

  • All that to get at a battery no thanks

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

  • The internet needs more James May!

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

  • 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.

  • but why can't Tesla just make it so the big battery chargers the small battery when needed?

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

    • keep crying you salty helmet

  • For a $100,000 car?

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

  • Horrible design

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

    • 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.

  • James, you should carry a lithium portable jump starter.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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! :)

  • Hmmmmm, I should connect a short charging-cable to the roof to connect to...

  • 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.

  • what car is that in the backround

  • 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?

  • 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.