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Fifth Gear: Recharged


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,933 ✭✭✭Miscreant

    Great news! I always preferred Fifth Gear over Top Gear.

  • Registered Users Posts: 31,210 ✭✭✭✭listermint

    Not sure how they can make an entire motoring show specifically on EVs content may be limited. Even fully charged has limited options and single digit presenters for an episode.

  • Registered Users Posts: 77,905 ✭✭✭✭Atlantic Dawn

    Should be good, you could probably run 6 shows a series with enough new models released in the year to review over each show, mix that with best used to buy, some challenges trying to get most mileage from a charge etc. You also have commercial electric vehicles from vans to trucks they could review.

  • Registered Users Posts: 77,905 ✭✭✭✭Atlantic Dawn

    It's up today on Discovery+, decent enough.

    Some nice walkarounds of cars at Munich Motor Show, I liked the look of the new Renault 5. They managed to put the new Citroen Ami One up on 2 wheels, apparently according to Citroen the Ami One is not a car. They test drove a Kia EV6, very nice spec with summons mode.

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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 17,888 Mod ✭✭✭✭slave1

    Do we need it? Bjorn has destroyed the need for hyperbole TV programs, YT is the way to go, look for your specific need and boom.

    If you want a rant then watch a FullyCharged upload

  • Registered Users Posts: 77,905 ✭✭✭✭Atlantic Dawn

    A lot of the Youtube stuff is sponsored and so limited in what can be taken as an independent review, no harm having Fifth Gear: Recharged.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,024 ✭✭✭zg3409

    It's good for EVs to take prime time TV space and get somewhat balanced reviews compared to top gear or gutter press. You tube is indeed big and often better than TV, but TV still has its place and tends to get a lot more average person viewers than specialist YouTube channels. I was always a fan if 5th Gear even if the budget they had was 1% of top gear.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,976 ✭✭✭the_amazing_raisin

    Top gear do reviews? I thought they'd given up on that years ago and it was just 3 amigos driving around making clowns out of themselves

    But I do agree with you, there's still a lot of people who watch car shows on TV and aren't interested in Bjorn's type of review style

    Personally I quite like Andy from EVMs style of doing things where he tries to give people the day to day experience of driving an EV as opposed to getting super scientific about it

    I think there's a lot of scaremongering from news outlets about how awful living with an EV is which needs to be dispelled. If there's mainstream media out there showing what life is like and saying "look, it isn't worse, some journeys require some planning but overall it's much better" then more people will start thinking about an EV for their next car

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,024 ✭✭✭zg3409

    I watched the first few episodes and I am waiting for more to drop on my series link.

    It was interesting they have an outside presenter to explain home charging rather than trying to get the main presenters to do it.

    Their team tests and challenges and eliminations are a bit flat and track driving to pick best EV fir things like city cars is a bit rediculous.

    The SEAI is trying to promote EVs through "real world" ambassitors but funding paid promotions is expensive while bad news chop jobs sell papers and clicks, and the automotive industry gives massive money to the newspaper and online media industry. Thousands from each new car sake goes on TV, newspaper and online advertising. The stop advertising if they know a new EV model will sell out, and they raise the price if deliveries are limited.

    Independent automotive reviews even on YouTube are rare, in terms of those accepting free cars to test drive, or free cars for a year,or jollies abroad to launches, and all YouTubers also tend to go for click bait titles of good v bad etc.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 77,905 ✭✭✭✭Atlantic Dawn

    Series 2 of this starting tomorrow at 9 on Quest/Discovery+.