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Can You Charge a Tesla With a Bicycle?

One of the drawbacks of owning a high range EV is the charging time. If you are using anything apart from a fast charger than you are probably looking at a wait time that can be counted in the hours.

Then there is the other drawback of the source of your power. We already know that EVs cut down on emissions but they are more effective in countries where power is generated through renewable sources.

So what can you do about this? For starters, you could move to a country which generates majority of its power from renewable sources. Secondly, you could use solar panels to charge up your electric car. And the third? How about cyclists?

A Finnish inventor presented his invention on a TV show where he used 9 cyclists to charge up a Tesla Model X. This method is not only kind to the environment but good for your health as well because you will be spending a lot of time on that bicycle. This group of cyclists rode for a grand total of 20 minutes and topped up the battery with two kilometres worth of range!

Remember that it take over 10 hours to charge a Tesla Model X to full using a standard wall charger. If you wanted to charge your car using your exercycle, then you would probably need to multiple that time by a factor of 10 at the least. I am not a mathematician so don’t quote me on the figures.

Watch the video below to see the invention in action-

Thanks for reading!

Matthew D'Souza
One of those born car enthusiast types. Owns a Golf GTI which I won't stop talking about

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