Very long run on electricity.

Very long run on electricity.

I have an idea how to make the long drive Model S for Electricity. I plan to use the power of resistance of the air flow, which occurs when driving a car. Do you think that is possible?

SSL161 | November 17, 2012


Next you'll postulate transmitting electricity without wires using only the air!!



--- Cherif

mikeadams | November 17, 2012

The only time anyone is going to get any excess energy from the air is if there is already a difference between the vehicle ground speed and air speed and have a system setup just right so that it leverages that difference. If there is no wind when the vehicle is sitting still or if the air is moving along in step with the ground you can't capture any energy because any energy that might be captured by a turbine is cancelled by the energy it would take to push the turbine through the air. Here is another video of the same blackbird vehicle with the blades reversed to act as a turbine instead of a propeller and now going upwind directly into the wind. It works because the air is moving in relation to the ground and there is a link between the blades and the wheels, but as you can see its very impractical due to the huge surface area they need on the blades. You could have a tiny turbine on your grill or roof. But it would be like the solar panel on the Fiskar where it would take years to charge the battery one time.

jbunn | November 17, 2012

Cherif, good one!
We are after all buying a car named after a lunatic who enjoyed bending the laws of nature.

Anton999 | November 17, 2012

Я планую використовувати пристрій, який буде встановлений в передній частині автомобіля, зовні таке авто ні чим не відрізняеться від бензинових аналогів. Вся справа в тому, що прилад не має будь яких особливостей, якіб збільшували силу супротиву вітру на авто. Крім того, коли автомобіль буде рухатися, поток повітря в моему пристрої буде обертати крилатку, яка через редуктор з'єднуеться з генератором. А ля того щоб легше було вийти повітрю з вузла з крилаткою потрібно використовувати ше один пристрій, але про нього потім.

Timo | November 18, 2012

Using google translator, that sounds like all the other generator ideas I have seen. Fan in the car geared to generator to make electricity from airflow.

Anton999, it doesn't matter where you put that thing into car, it still causes drag: if it doesn't it doesn't generate any electricity either. Wind power is not free energy, you slow the airflow at least as much as you generate electricity because air movement is the source of the energy (but not the origin of the energy in this case). If you slow air down you cause drag.

Brian H | November 18, 2012

Like making a sailboat go by blowing on the sail (from inside the sailboat). Impel yourself back as hard as you push the boat forward, or even harder. The windmill gets pushed back harder than the electricity it generates can provide motive power through the motor.


Mark K | November 18, 2012

You guys are quite gracious.

Given the very fundamental physics governing this, it's remarkable how much effort has been put into dignifying this with a response.

Nuff said.

gianni.terragni | November 18, 2012

The best thing is don't respond to this way of thinking or better, this way of thinging

Anton999 | November 18, 2012

Okay guys, thanks for your opinion. Those who have any questions please contact me at: antoha.master @

DouglasR | November 18, 2012


Timo | November 18, 2012


Tiebreaker | November 18, 2012

Please ignore.

Anton999 | November 21, 2012

I need a sponsor and a little bit of time, or a little more time. I'll prove to you all that this works.

jbunn | November 21, 2012

Hi Anton,

I for one hope you do. (I also would like us to solve the faster than light drive problem, and cold fusion, but that's another matter...)

These things which I just mentioned are prohibited by the laws of nature. Not suggestions or good ideas of nature, but LAWS. For hundreds of years, people have tried to create machines that produce more energy than it takes to run them. No one has succeeded, and in every failure, we can trace the fundamental problem back to the Laws of Thermodynamics.

The best advice we can give you is to study the Laws of Thermodynamics, especialy the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics and make sure you understand the implications of them. These two laws explain all failures of devices that try to produce more energy than they use to run.

Many people have brought ideas similar to yours to the Tesla forum. Many people responding to your message have seen this discussion 4 or 5 times already, which is why their response has been negative.

Hope this helps.

SSL161 | November 22, 2012

At the risk of breathing new life into this dead horse...

Anton system sounds far too implausible simply by virtue of the excess energy claim alone.

However, harnessing waste energy doesn't violate the laws of TD or Entropy. This would be far less ambitious, and so the question is why do it?

I'd only say why not if the system doesn't add excessive weight or if you just wants to have a fun little project.

--- Cherif

Brian H | November 22, 2012

Because it will slow you down. The windmill slows more than its output accelerates. Always. What fun!

Timo | November 22, 2012

However, harnessing waste energy doesn't violate the laws of TD or Entropy.

That's true, but you need to define "wasted energy". Airflow you would use is not wasted energy, kinetic energy you could harness from it is created by movement of the car.

Point to notice: movement of the car.

Just by first law of thermodynamics you can't get anything out there without slowing down the car (chain of energy conversions will get you back to battery). Only way for those to work would be to same time lower the car Cd enough to compensate that energy gain. That's unlikely.

nickjhowe | November 23, 2012

The only way this is going to work is if you can harness the power of the wind. A team did what many people thought impossible and used a wind-driven propellor to drive a vehicle twice as fast as the wind was blowing:

But beyond that I agree with Timo that only by harnessing "wasted energy" (strict definition) will you get any benefit.

MB3 | November 23, 2012

It may be helpful to discuss sailing. Sailboats go faster than the wind when going nearly into the wind and slower when traveling with the wind. Obviously this doesn't violate any rules and the reason is that when traveling into the wind the apparent wind plays a role. Apparent wind is the wind experienced at a particular speed. When going upwind this increases and when going downwind it decreases.
For a windmill on a vehicle the apparent wind to consider it that on the blades not the vehicle. Apparently, some one has managed to go dead downwind faster than the wind using mounted windmills.


Is this a hoax?

Tiebreaker | November 23, 2012

The piezoelectric devices described in the article would, as a matter of fact, harness the waste energy of air turbulence. For big trucks with high Cd, there is a lot of turbulence behind them. Also there is some on the aft surfaces of most cars. Of course, if the devices are mounted in unobstructive way, flush to the surface, and not increasing the Cd with their vibration.

But with the very low Cd of the Model S, I doubt that there is anything worth recovering, leave alone the complexity. Just further lowering the Cd can probably be more beneficial.

Brian H | November 23, 2012

The energy in the turbulence is also a function of the car's motion, so the best result obtainable is some fractional recovery of that.

There is a strict distinction between harnessing external air movement (wind) and exploiting your own motion's air resistance to increase your motion. The latter is a nonsense. (Non-sense.)

jerry3 | November 23, 2012

Brian -- The energy in the turbulence is also a function of the car's motion, so the best result obtainable is some fractional recovery of that.

The corollary is: The more aerodynamic the vehicle is the less turbulence energy will be available, so it's going to be more cost effective to reduce aerodynamic drag as opposed to adding additional complex generating systems. Regenerative braking is only effective because if you have an electric motor you also have a generator so the additional cost is a bit of software development and a few minor hardware pieces.

reitmanr | November 23, 2012

This energy flow definitely shows a net loss.
Happy Holiday!

Tiebreaker | November 23, 2012

@jerry3: +1. Exactly what I said...