People who are driving electric cars must be feeling a lot of stress right now. From the batteries blowing up to the long lines at charging stations to not being able to take that much-anticipated road trip because it’ll take far too long, these folks are now going to extremes to try and make their electric cars perform better. And one guy went so far, that he actually attached a gas generator to the back of the car.
Gee, that seems to be defeating the purposes, right?
But he wanted to travel 1.800 miles without having to plug in, and he did it… but it wasn’t easy, nor was it practical, but maybe he just stumbled into something.
Western Journal reported:
On YouTube, one man was able to take his Tesla Model S on a 1,800-mile road trip recently — and he didn’t have to plug the thing in once!
According to Inside EVs, one of Mikka’s previous stunts involved putting jet engines on the back of the top-of-the-line Tesla to improve his acceleration. That’s probably not going to give him 1,800 miles of range without plugging in, though — not without attracting the attention of the police. So Mikka put the one-cylinder, 0.4L engine where the rear window was supposed to be on his Tesla.
“If it actually works, I think it’s going to be crazy,” Mikka said near the top of the video.
The catch: The guy behind the trip put a 400-cc gas generator in the back of the car, one that was so loud it got the police called on him.
Matt Mikka, whose YouTube channel Warped Perception has over 1.2 million subscribers, has been known for his Tesla mods in the past.
Yes, one might be inclined to agree with him.
Mikka initially had planned to test the concept on a 1,600-mile road trip, although that eventually became 1,800 miles for an entire week. It worked, but not well.
First, a one-cylinder gas generator isn’t known for being quiet. At one point in his trip, as he stopped by Lake Michigan, Mikka noted that “the neighbors weren’t as excited as I was about my visit” because of the cacophony — and the police were called.
It wasn’t the only time law enforcement had to intervene; police pulled him over for going too slowly.
As Inside EV noted, that’s “because the engine he chose as a generator was relatively small — it couldn’t provide enough electricity to allow the Tesla to maintain higher speeds slightly above the legal limit without losing state of charge.”
You know, I hate to sound like “Captain Obvious” over here, but maybe it’d be easier if people just bought gas-powered cars and called it a day?