PHOTO CAPTION: Chinese farmer drives his purported wind-charged electric car.

Sorry, But Transport Turbines Won't Charge Electric Car

The idea of using vehicle-mounted wind turbines to recharge an electric car's batteries is a popular notion, but it can't work, argues Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield.

Published: 14-Jan-2014

Sometimes when we’re browsing the Internet, we read a news article which is so unbelievable we have to reach for the calendar to check it isn’t April 1. If the story is about a subject we know well — like electric cars and renewable energy — we often feel compelled to stop the stupid by methodically debunking it in our heads to make sure we’re not the crazy ones.

If that doesn’t work, we’ll write an article explaining just how crazy — or impossible — it is, especially if it’s a concept, story or idea that just keeps coming round again and again and won’t die.

Which explains nicely how we feel about an article published by Gizmodo’s Andrew Liszewski last night in which Liszewski enthuses about a product called the Transport Turbine.


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