How many cyclists does it take to charge a Tesla

The Finnish TV show "Ennätystehdas" performed an experiment on the waste of energy in electric vehicles. The presenters of the show decided to visually compare the energy consumption for moving with the help of electric transport and on a bicycle. To this end, they asked a group of cyclists to ride exercise bikes, charging the battery of one Tesla Model X electric car with their help.

The total efforts of nine cyclists were enough to generate 1 kW of energy in 20 minutes. This is the equivalent of just 2 kilometers on a Tesla Model X with an 85 kWh battery. If they wanted to create an alternative to the Tesla Supercharger network with a peak power of 150 kW, with which Tesla batteries can be charged to 80% in just an hour, they would need 1, 350 cyclists.

Obviously, using people on bicycles as a power source for an electric car is not the smartest idea. But everything becomes more complicated if, instead of trained athletes, as in the show, we take ordinary Tesla owners, ordinary people with office work. With an average functional threshold power of 250 watts, such a person would need to pedal for 340 hours or two weeks to recharge their electric vehicle's battery. No breaks for sleep and food.

It is easy to see that if you transfer a cyclist from a simulator to a regular bike, then in the same time he will travel much farther than Tesla on the energy generated by it. Therefore, a reasonable question can be asked: if a certain person wants to switch to electric vehicles for the sake of protecting the environment, then wouldn't it be easier for him to immediately ride the same bike? And not to waste expensive and not so clean electricity.