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James May explains the “massive problem” with electric cars

Published: 7/Mar/2020 14:27 Updated: 9/Mar/2020 10:47

by Jacob Hale

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Former Top Gear star James May has explained that electric cars still have one “massive problem” stopping him from being fully invested in the technological advancement.

May, alongside former Top Gear co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond, currently presents Amazon’s The Grand Tour, which follows in a similar vein to Top Gear and its focus on cars, with information and entertainment flowing freely throughout.

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With the recent rise in electric vehicles – particularly from the likes of Elon Musk’s Tesla – you would imagine he has a lot of experience with them, so his opinion is definitely one to listen to. And he thinks there is one major problem with electric cars that is holding them back despite the fact he owns a few.

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The Grand Tour reunited the former Top Gear presenters once more.

In a video uploaded on March 7, DRIVETRIBE are trying to convince May that he should buy a Mini Electric, MINI’s first venture into what he calls “the electric future.”

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Saying that he already owns an electric car, and has owned others in the past, he still has his concerns. “I just think that, despite being an advocate of the electric future, I think electric cars are heading for a massive problem.”

Expanding on why he believes this to be so, May says: “Whichever way you cut it, the problem is still the batteries. They’re a lot better than they were… but it’s still not good enough, [because] they’re too heavy, the range isn’t big enough and they take too long to charge.”

(Timestamp 10:00 for mobile viewers)

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May later explains that his Tesla is “the longest range money can buy,” but if you’re traveling a lot like he has to sometimes, and start basing your travel around where you can charge, you might end up spending more time driving just to stay on top of it.

His final, resounding analysis is a simple one: “Until electric cars can charge in a few minutes, we’re going to be a bit shafted,” comparing electric vehicles to a “fantastic club” and that if lots of people start buying them, “we’re going to have huge problems.”

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Most ridiculously expensive cars owned by rappers revealed

Published: 13/Oct/2020 13:29

by Kieran Bicknell

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Musicians have one of the most intensive lifestyles in the world, touring the globe to promote their work to millions of people. Thankfully, hard work brings rewards, which rappers often spend on incredible car collections.

Luxury items such as exotic cars are seen as a status symbol. They’re a fantastic way to not only ‘flex’ wealth, but also make a statement wherever they go.

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Successful rappers such as Drake and Travis Scott love nothing more than showing off their success with ultra-expensive cars, but they’re far from the only ones. Below, we’ve rounded up five of the most expensive cars ever to be owned by rap artists for your enjoyment.

Drake Mansory Phantom
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Drake’s custom Mansory Phantom set him back at least $700,000.

5. Drake’s Mansory Bushukan Phantom – $700,000+

Drake has an insane amount of cars, but one of his most recognizable is his custom Rolls-Royce Phantom.

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Modified by Mansory, the Phantom features a one-off design incorporating a number of OVO elements, including a custom OVO gold owl hood ornament.

Travis Scott Landaulet
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One of the most unusual cars in Travis’ collection is the Maybach G650 Landaulet, with only 99 made worldwide.

4. Travis Scott’s Maybach G650 Landaulet – $1 million

Travis Scott has one of the most incredible car collections of any rapper. Featuring Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Bugattis, one of the rarest (and most expensive) cars is his Maybach G650 Landaulet.

With only 99 built, the G650 Landaulet is based upon the Mercedes G Wagon. Featuring a custom extended body with convertible rear section, the G650 puts out over 600hp from its V12 engine.

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3. Post Malone’s McLaren Senna XP – $1.7 million

Post Malone is known for his keen love of custom and exotic cars. With his fleet ranging from a custom 1992 Ford Explorer (which he named a song after) to Rolls-Royces, the jewel in this rapper’s collection is undoubtedly his McLaren Senna.

His Senna is no ordinary hypercar, however, with Post having one of the ultra-rare prototypes from McLaren themselves. Dubbed the Senna XP, Master of Monaco, this one-off prototype is worth significantly more than a standard McLaren Senna.

Kanye West McLaren SLR Stirling Moss
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Kanye’s McLaren SLR Stirling Moss is one of only 75 in the world.

2. Kanye West’s McLaren SLR ‘Stirling Moss’ – $2 million

Kanye’s collection is an eclectic one, but the standout car has to be his McLaren SLR Stirling Moss. Based on the already legendary McLaren SLR, the ‘Stirling Moss’ edition pays tribute to the legendary racing driver of the same name.

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Featuring an open two-seat cockpit, 641bhp, and a top speed of 220 mph, the SLR Stirling Moss is a serious performance car. It’s collectible, too, and could turn out to be a very good investment for Kanye in the long run.

JayZ Maybach Exelero
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The Maybach Exelero is one of the most exclusive cars ever built.

1. Jay Z’s Maybach Exelero – $8 million

Jay-Z has a car collection that is worth more than most celebrities’ entire net worth. The crown of his collection is undoubtedly the ultra-rare, ultra-expensive Maybach Exelero.

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Read more: Kanye West’s incredible $6.4m car collection will blow you away

One of only 12 known to exist, the Exelero is a 2.6 ton, ultra-luxurious performance coupe. Not only does it look incredible, but it also holds the world speed record for a luxury vehicle on street-legal tires.

Powered by a 700hp V12 engine, the Exerlero is capable of reaching a top speed well in excess of 200 mph.