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How to charge a Tesla Model 3 with a tow rope

TechForum published a video on YouTube where a Tesla Model 3 gets towed and has its energy consumption and range monitored. The result is, unsurprisingly, that the Tesla displays a range analogous to infinite during towing, while the towing vehicle's consumption increases. But beside seeing physical laws of energy transfer working, in the end, the batteries were charged while not being chained to a stationary charging point.

The regenerative braking system works like a dynamo. Energy is used to turn the generator which then charges the Tesla's batteries. In the video, this energy comes from a Ford C-Max hybrid, while a considerable amount of the afforded energy is lost due to friction and heat production.

Now, what to do with this information?

If you own a Tesla and you need some recharging, but you do not have time to wait at a charging point, call a friend with a tow hitch on his or her car. If you get towed half the way, the odds are in your favour, that you can drive the other half of your way on your own.

But don't forget to pay the fuel that your Tesla consumed that way.

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Comments (15)
  • Honestly this isn`t anything new, hybrids recharge the batteries when they are coasting to a stop in neutral, just like a dynamo, I don`t know why they say it`s something innovative when the basic concept of the recharging via pulling is pretty old and simple, The Tesla while towed doesn`t use any power after all, its practically coasting as a hybrid without using any power, that`s why it recharges so easily.

    25 days ago
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    • Just like a dynamo, exactly. And it uses a lot of fuel, which isn't ideal at all. The man in the video is quite enthusiastic about it, but in my article I say that isn't a surprising...

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      24 days ago
    • quite defeats the purpose for a ev haha.

      24 days ago
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  • Petrolheads that help EV's to get unstuck should immediately burn their drivers license and feel a foot breaking up their anus...for giving stupidity a chance to continue...period.

    27 days ago
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    • Very radical. And painful.

      27 days ago
    • he`s surely rough on them, but honestly doing long distance trips with EV`s is asking to get stuck on the side of the road without charge, you can store fuel on a can and keep on driving...

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      25 days ago

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