Electric cars are fast gaining popularity, with Tata Motors being one of the pioneers and the largest player in this game. However, at the same time, there are a few challenges causing hindrance to an even wider acceptance of electric vehicles, with the limited charging infrastructure being one of them. However, to counter this challenge, a Tata Tigor EV owner from Kerala has come up with a rather unique solution – charging an electric vehicle using a petrol generator.
In one of his YouTube videos, a Kerala man named Sinto Antony explained how he recharged the battery of his Tata Tigor EV using a compact petrol generator, which he was carrying in his electric sedan. While doing a short road trip to Wagamon in Kerala, Sinto Antony stopped his Tata Tigor EV for a recharging session, which had already covered almost 90 km by now.
After charging the Tigor EV up to 84 per cent, Antony started driving again. After driving on uphill roads for a few kilometres, his car started losing charge rapidly, and by the time he reached the destination, the Tigor EV had only 26 per cent of its range remaining. In the video, Antony explains that he wanted to test the performance of the electric car on uphill roads for a long time, and this drive gave him an idea of how it can lose charge in challenging driving conditions. He also wanted to charge the battery of his car using a petrol generator, and this drive allowed him to do so.
How to ensure proper connection?
However, before starting the charging process using the petrol generator, Antony wanted to sort the issue of earthing, for which he used a metal road and fixed it to the ground, before connecting a wire to the metal rod, which is connecting the neutral and earth. After connecting the wires properly, the three-pin plug of the charger of the Tigor EV is connected to the switchboard, after which he turns on the generator. The battery of the Tigor EV starts getting the required charge without any error, which is evident in the charging process displayed in the instrument console of the Tigor EV.
At the beginning of the charging process, the Tata Tigor EV had only 26 per cent of the charge remaining in it. However, after charging for an hour, the charge level rose to 36 per cent. Antony explains that while the charging process using a petrol generator was successful, the charging rate was too slow for daily usage. He recommends using the portable charger provided with the EV after connecting it to a regular wall socket and using this method of charging via a petrol generator only in case of emergencies.