Portable Car charging Station
With charging stations still scarce in many areas, "range anxiety" is a continual concern for electric-car owners.
Portable generators can provide electricity where this is no infrastructure, so could one rescue a stranded electric car?
GadgetReview decided to try with a 2014 BMW i3, both for the sake of convenience and as a cheaper alternative to the range-extended i3 REx, which costs nearly $4, 000 more than the all-electric model.
For a recent video on the BMW plug-in car, GadgetReview rented a generator at Home Depot, attached the i3's charge cord, and left to see if this improvised method could recover any range.
Sure enough, after a half hour of charging in a parking lot, the i3 had gained four miles of range.
While a small, portable generator may take awhile to fully recharge an electric car's battery pack, this demonstration shows that it is technically possible in a pinch.
However, that's not the only thing the testers tried.
Seeing that the generator could charge the i3, they loaded it into the back of the car to see if it would work as a low-buck range extender.
The charge cord was threaded through one of the car's windows, along with a hose to funnel exhaust out of the cabin.
Of course, driving around if a running generator and its unprotected gasoline tank strapped to the cargo floor is inadvisable, but the driver didn't make it that far.
The BMW i3's software won't let the car move with the charge cord plugged in, and the gasoline fumes became unbearable almost immediately.
Considering those results, i3 buyers should probably stick with the range extender supplied by the factory.trending today worldwide coffee shop of horrors bones coffee astronomy course city astronomy definitions salon out of trends king haircut fashion 11 cup of coffee in spanish lifestyle 18 science with me eating habits latin celestial names fashion from lifestyle 25 scientific meethod a haircut trending hashtags on facebook today coffee and me for you cold brew coffee foundry coffee house online application coffee list fashion 16 school trends is science good scientific method example experiments social life the neurogenesis diet and lifestyle learning constellations for beginners tv show lifestyles of the rich and famous any fashion world trends you coffee stars in the sky now astro house chart type lifestyle tax trends haircut short science 30 jack haircut astronomical league glasses alice christine lifestyle style