Inventive Tesla Model S owner uses waterfall to recharge EV

12-Foot-Tall Waterfall Delivers 317 Gallons Per Second

Ludicrous? Perhaps. Cool? totally. One inventive European Tesla Model S owner has posted a video showing how he powers his P90D with a hydroelectric power station at home. He claims to be the first on the continent to own a Tesla Model S P90D, but we're more impressed with his energy generation method.

Stephan Maag took to YouTube to show off his P90D and his home in a three-minute video found by Hybrid Cars. That home includes a hydroelectric station that gets its power from a waterfall that drops 317 gallons of water per second and is almost 12 feet tall. That's certainly enough to give the super sedan enough charge to tool around town, though the gentleman didn't provide information on how long it takes the hydroelectric station to charge up the car or how the water gets to the point where Maag can run it through the generator (It's likely there is a river flowing nearby he can access, since it wouldn't make sense to pump it up there just to run it back down).

The P90D is notable for its 90-kilowatt-hour battery, an option that was introduced this summer. The beast delivers 417 horsepower while boasting an official single-charge range of 253 miles. Around the same time, Tesla also announced its so-called Ludicrous mode, which included an upgrade that rockets the car from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds. No word on whether Maag and his waterfall was powering up a Ludicrous-mode version of the Tesla, but that hydroelectric power still is pretty cool. Take a look at the video above.

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