So Amy’s got a new job, and due to various health reasons she’s getting an electric bike so she can get to work. The bike has a 15 mile range from one charge, work is two miles away.
Since the bike is electric, it’s just a bike – no road tax or MOT etc needed.
But what’d happen if we strapped a petrol generator to it to charge the battery while it’s moving? Would it still be an electric vehicle, or would it be a petrol powered one?
Since if it remains an electric vehicle, I’m going to remove the engine from my car, replace it with electric motors, fill my boot with batteries and use the petrol engine to charge the batteries while the car is running.
… it’s how a lot of trains work, so it’s not as daft as it sounds.