How a This Guy Powered His Tesla Car with a Gas Generator for a Road Trip

Many people are hesitant to switch to electric cars because they worry about running out of battery power and not finding enough places to charge.

This is called range anxiety, and it is a common obstacle for the adoption of electric vehicles.

Embracing electric vehicles presents a challenge – range anxiety. The fear of running out of battery power without accessible charging spots is a major concern for potential EV adopters. It’s a hurdle that has kept many from making the switch.

The Unusual Solution of a Gas Generator

One YouTuber decided to overcome this problem in a very unconventional way.

He installed a gas generator in his Tesla Model S, one of the most popular and long-range electric cars on the market. His name is Matt Mikka, and he runs the YouTube channel Warped Perception.

You might be wondering, why would he need a gas generator for a Tesla Model S? After all, it can go up to 405 miles on a single charge, which is more than enough for most trips.

Well, not for Mikka, who wanted to do an 1,800-mile road trip around the Midwest without stopping to charge.

“I really like my Tesla, but what I don’t like is stopping to charge, especially on a road trip,” he said. “I don’t even like stopping to fill up my gas-powered car and that’s way faster than charging.”

milka via YouTube

Mikka did not just improvise this solution on the spot. He had been planning this project for five years, and spent more than a year and a half designing it.

He explains how the system works in the video below. Basically, the gas generator charges the Tesla’s battery both when the car is parked and when it is moving.

Full Video here

The Results of the Experiment

So, how did the experiment go? Did Mikka manage to do his road trip without plugging into a charging station once? Yes, he did. But he did have to stop for gas, of course.

He did manage to complete the journey without plugging into a charging station, but it wasn’t all smooth sailing.

While the gas stops were inevitable, the Tesla Model S consumed more energy than the generator could produce while on the move. This led to Mikka stopping for 5-6 hours daily, allowing the car to sit and charge.

Overnight stays at hotels weren’t exactly pleasant for others, as the noisy generator hummed away in the parking lot, ensuring a nearly full battery for the next leg of the journey.

And that’s not all. The gas generator could not produce enough energy to keep up with the Tesla’s consumption while driving. So, Mikka had to stop for 5-6 hours per day while the car sat and charged.

He also annoyed the hotel staff and guests by leaving the noisy generator running overnight in the parking lot so he could have a nearly-full battery in the morning.

And if that was not enough, he also got pulled over on the highway for driving too slow as he tried to reduce his energy usage.

To be honest, this experiment was not very practical or efficient. It was more of a cool and quirky build than a viable solution.

It did not create enough energy to power the Tesla, and it defeated the purpose of having an electric car in the first place.

But Mikka is not giving up. He says he is already working on a much better version of his gas generator system. We will have to wait and see what he comes up with next.

What do you think of this experiment? Would you try it yourself? Let us know in the comments below.


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