Charging Tesla Model S With Your Feet – (w/video)


“This is a reconstruction to illustrate the future possibilities of our Pavegen technology within Smart cities.

Of course, there would be more of them. But the video demo's the idea.

Of course, there would be more of them. But the video demos the idea.

This shows if our Pavegen tiles were installed on Oxford Street for example the footsteps could be used to help charge electric cars. Creating a practical solution from an untapped resource.”

What if you could charge an EV (or create energy, in general) simply by walking?

The video above provides a demonstration of this new technology, where you would walk over this panel to create energy.

The idea comes from a recently founded company called Pavegen.

Check out the video below on how it all works:

Source: Teslarati

Categories: Charging, Tesla


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For anybody that thinks this is a viable plan, I have a bridge to sell …

Oh gawd.

This is even dumber than the solar roadways boondoggle.

The video states that these tiles can produce “up to 7 joules” of energy per step/jump.

1 kWh = 3,600,000 joules

So a full 85 kWh charge for a Tesla Model S would require at least 43.7 MILLION STEPS!!! (Need I say anymore???)

It just makes me sad that people are wasting their time/money/effort on something so plainly useless when it comes to alternative energy production.

Why do you hate polar bears and rainbows?

Funniest comment today! Well done.

jsmay311, thanks for doing the math for us.

Compared to this tech, “fool cell” cars look almost practical!


This idea has been around since the 90s. There is a reason it hasn’t been implemented before. It does work and it’s cool and all but isn’t really cost effective as a real energy harvester.

Good idea for charging an integrated battery used to illuminate LEDs or even more efficient graphene bulbs within each tile as ambient lighting.

Charging anything that uses something in the order of multiple kWs, not so much.

“..the largest installation of Pavegen energy-harvesting tiles to date produces 4.7 kilowatt-hours of energy during the Paris marathon…As they ran across the Avenue des Champs Élysées and thumped their feet on 176 special tiles laid on a 25-meter stretch, the athletes generated electricity.”

So if I could only convince 50,000 people to jog across a 25-meter field of tiles in front of my house every day then I would have enough energy to drive 15 miles to work. Hmm. If I only could convince 50,000 people to jog across a 25-meter field of tiles in front of work then I could also get home.

You guys are all missing the point of this. For every successful invention there would have been hundreds that did not succeed. That’s the way the world moves ahead technologically.

You can’t tell people to invent only things that are going to be successful. Hundreds of inventions have to come and go before one takes hold and changes the world. This invention may or may not succeed but it will “pave” (PUN) the way and lay a foundation for things to come.

True. I’d also add that energy mix is important. No one appears to suggest these tiles would replace traditional generation methods. Rather the proposed solution might be used to augment clean energy setups.

It’s one thing with inventions that not succeed. But having an invention that is useless even when constructed and implemented perfectly is just pointless.

Harry said:

“You guys are all missing the point of this… You can’t tell people to invent only things that are going to be successful.”

I’m sorry Harry, but you are the one missing the point. Before one sets out to invent anything, one should do a cost/benefit analysis to find out if the invention could possibly have any practical value, assuming success at developing the technology.

Refusing to look at the practicalities is what leads to persistent futile attempts to develop perpetual motion, to mad schemes like (as jsmay311 already mentioned) the “Solar Roadway”, and has lead to governments and auto manufacturers wasting billions of dollars, not to mention much time and energy, on building “hydrogen highways” and “fool cell” cars.

What causes Pavagen tiles to be a useless technology isn’t that the inventor(s) failed to develop it properly. What causes this to be a useless technology is that the energy generated by people walking over something is too miniscule to ever generate significant amounts of power.

Ignoring that reality is every bit as foolish as ignoring the reality that hydrogen fuel requires much too great an investment of energy, for far too little return, to ever be practical.

Maybe we should install this at the Capitol hill so we can have all lobbist in D.C. to keep the power on in the Capitol building if they actually want to lobby anything there…

Interesting, but what is the cost vs. return in terms of energy generation?

Also, how reliable is this thing over time?

Imagine walking a couple of miles on these tiles – would probably work great for weight loss… and/or maybe make me eat more… There’s the cost of energy!

How about adding a mini windmill on top of your EV? The more you drive, the more electricity it creates.

Then there’s the idea where you can add coils in shock absorbers and generate free electricity too. There’s less incentive to pave the roads since bumpy roads are better for electricity generation.

Gotta love these inventors or the schools they went to.


Don’t forget those hwy median turbines that would geenerate power from wind generated from cars flying by…

Here’s a simpler question…

Price to manufacturer versus average energy output compared to photovoltaic panels and wind mills?

Other than indoor situations where will it outperform other forms of energy harvesting?

Lol. Collecting energy means that the source is depleted. (Conservation of mass/energy/etc.)

Have to install more restaurants to feed the energy source. Using human propulsion is not a good way to do this.

Put these in the bottom of potholes and REALLY get some return!

Maybe we should install them in the gym…

All those Gym equipments should be feeding power back to the grid…