[VIDEO] Man Adds Gas Generator to Tesla So He Doesn’t Have to Stop and Charge His Car

[VIDEO] Man Adds Gas Generator to Tesla So He Doesn’t Have to Stop and Charge His Car

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…Hmmm.

Western Journal reported that on YouTube, one man was able to take his Tesla Model S on an 1,800-mile road trip recently — and he didn’t have to plug the thing in once!

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.

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.

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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.”


Here’s what people online are saying:

“This man’s going for the world record for most overpriced hybrid car.”

“Dude, take a plane to where you need to go” 

“Seems like it would be pretty easy to design a quiet flowing muffler and make that MUCH nicer.”

“I wish you showed more of how this actually worked! Would love to see how you can charge while the car is moving and where you tied into the system to except the input of power. Normally, a Tesla will not move or drive while it is charging. Any chance you could share more about all of that?? :D”

“If they can perfect THIS, then electric cars might have a chance at being popular in the US’ 

“This is such a cool endeavor. Who cares if it’s not perfect, or too loud. Gotta start somewhere. And this guy has a pretty big brain to be doing all these things in the first place.”

Ya 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?

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