How To Charge A BMW i3 When There’s No Charger To Be Found – Video

3 years ago by Mike Anthony 8

Its a bit slow, But it works!

It’s a bit slow, But it works!

Situation: You have nowhere to charge your BMW i3 and your charge is depleted. What do you do?

In the video above, you will see a interesting though inefficient solution to the problem.

This hardware store generator and a few misc. items solution gets you ~ 8 miles of range per hour. But it’s better than nothing in a pinch, right?  (hat tip to Rampone)

Of course, as mentioned in the video, this solution is to be handled with extreme care. And do not ever run the generator inside the vehicle.

This is not the first time we’ve seen a portable generator charge an electric car and it certainly won’t be the last.

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8 responses to "How To Charge A BMW i3 When There’s No Charger To Be Found – Video"

  1. ClarksonCote says:

    This is so inefficient. Why not purchase the Rex option or something like the Volt?

    The emissions on stand-alone generators or similar are awful.

    1. David Murray says:

      My thoughts exactly… The Rex isn’t all that expensive, and is a million times more useful than this.

      1. QCO says:

        Yes…. Although sadly the generator probably has a bigger fuel tank than the i3.

        1. Priusmaniac says:

          It is not a good idea to use a mobile generator fixed in the back instead of the Rex, but it is an excellent idea to fix an extra tank connected to the tinny winny one in order to have a decent gasoline range.

  2. Ken Sherman says:

    Why not carefully push it down the road with regen on until you generate the range you need to get you to a real charger. Just be careful. The car doesn’t care, it just thinks it’s going downhill.

    1. BraveLilToaster says:

      You mean like this?

  3. Spec9 says:

    I see a building the background. They couldn’t push the car over and plug into that building? Just give a person at the building a couple bucks.

  4. See Through says:

    Yes, this is an excellent solution I suggested many times. It is not just for BMW i3 and for all EVs ( Leaf/Spark EV/Kia Soul). Obviously, this low cost generator is for rare occasions only.

    Imagine you went camping 80 miles away in your EV that has ~80 mile range Just hook up the $200-$300 generator at camp site, and next day you are ready to go back home.

    But these guys in the video are just bunch of silly college kids, putting it in the back of the car. It’s an idiotic idea. One can die out of CO poisoning.