Seems Honda's electric cars have a pretty friendly trick up their sleeve.
The Honda e is probably the cutest electric car out there. It's distinctly Japanese and seriously cool, but as you may already know, it's not expected to come to America, at least for the time being. This still leaves you with plenty of options if you're in the market for an electric car, and one of those options is the Tesla Model 3. But what if you own both? What if you need to go somewhere and your fully charged Honda e isn't big enough but your depleted Model 3 is? As it turns out, you can charge the Tesla with the Honda, although using a normal wall socket will certainly be quicker and easier.
As ridiculously silly as the whole idea is, YouTuber Bjorn Nyland decided to give it a go. How is this possible? Well, the Honda e has a 1,500 watt, 230 volt outlet in the center of the dash, and if you deactivate the e's auto-off feature, you can power pretty much anything from here. A generic charging cable was used and set to six amps, but as you'd expect, it works very slowly. The Model 3's touchscreen display indicated that charging at this rate would take at least 24 hours, which is not a surprise considering that the battery on the Tesla could only draw at a rate of 1 kilowatt.
After charging for two hours, the Honda discharged 10 percent of its battery capacity, but the Tesla only acquired 3.2 percent or 2.2 kWh. This is partly because some systems on both cars remained on, but it just goes to show what could be done if you were really in a jam and a Honda e owner decided to be a good Samaritan. Ultimately, the best way of charging your Tesla is still through a Supercharger but what we're more interested in is seeing the Honda e on our shores. And if the standard version is too soft for American buyers, perhaps this Type R version could work instead.