Idly musing about life at work the other day, electric cars came up, and th
eir range. We struck upon a solution. A trailer. A trailer with a diesel ge
nerator on it, the electricity going back to the car. Could we run it on re
d diesel, and not have to pay the congestion charge?
I was wondering why the EV charging socket that cost the customer £300
last week is powering a car that can do about a maximum of 20 miles when
using it's batteries before the ICE kicks in.
Make that 12 miles if the AC or heaters are on.
I think you'd face the argument that the red diesel is in breach of the
requirement that it not be used "as fuel for a road vehicle" (subject
to the exceptions for tractors etc). It is after all just an
 s.12 Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979
reply-to address is (intended to be) valid
A friend of mine rigged up a small trailer upon which was a petrol generator
to be towed behind (and trickle charge) an electric mobility scooter
and won his argument (can't remember whether ploddery or tax) that the
scooter was at all times powered bby its internal battery
That very much depends on whether you are a farmer or not, but I have heard
that the Red Diesel exception is one of the things that might be
withdrawn to tackle global warming. Does any other country have such a
I don't somehow think your plan would work as towing a trailer would I
imagine reduce the range and sitting on the e road running your generator
might be seen as actually powering the vehicle.
I do wonder how long it will be before many generators, compressors and the
like are regulated. These things sit there often for hours running doing
nothing and are hardly pollution free.
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On Sunday, 25 August 2019 17:53:15 UTC+1, misterroy wrote:
their range. We struck upon a solution. A trailer. A trailer with a diesel
generator on it, the electricity going back to the car. Could we run it on
red diesel, and not have to pay the congestion charge?
Electric cars can't be driven whilst the charge lead is plugged in shit-fer
The solution is a plug in hybrid.
The range extender on a BMW is a separate generator and engine that does
charge the battery while you are driving.
Its mounted under the bonnet somewhere.
Its not a hybrid you can't power the car from the generator.
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