But for realz, I've heard some dumbasses suggest that as real means of renewable energy. "If you run the batteries down, just fire up a generator to recharge them". It shows you how smart these "progressives" truly are.
I used to have a bicycle with an electrical assist motor. Those green progressives loved it, they enjoyed talking to me about it.
I'd explain to them how I ride it to work every morning then back home in the afternoon on one charge. They asked how I recharge it. I told them that I have two solar panels I plug into the batter pack to let them charge overnight. You have no idea how many of these green morons nod. Not a single one questioned me on that!
(gotta love dumb people)