[, Music, ], solar power and electric cars has yet to become a common feature, but tesla is about to change that, starting with the cybertruck electric pickup back in 2017, elon musk mentioned that tesla would offer a solar roof as an option on the tesla vehicles.
But later dropped that idea, because the problem is that they rarely generate enough power to be worth it now, it seems elon musk is pushing to have solar panels on tesla vehicles. It is clearly evident when elon musk confirmed that tesla’s.
New cyber truck, the electric pickup truck, will be offered with a solar roof option. Over the truck’s. Bed they’ll, be able to add 15 miles of range per day and even indicated fold out solar wings. In this video we’re, going to see why tesla is pushing to have solar panel options on tesla vehicles and why it may be available sooner than we expect before we go into more details.
Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel and enable the notifications as well. So you’ll, be alerted as soon as we upload a new video. With that being said, let’s. Get going. Elon musk has been looking into the idea to embed solar panels on car roofs for years, musk had previously discussed the idea of a deployable solar shield, like a retractable hard top for electric vehicles in 2017.
Musk said that he pushes his tesla engineers to look into integrating solar cells on model 3, but they concluded that it wasn’t worth it at the time he said quote not that helpful, because the actual surface of the car is not that much And cars are often inside the least efficient place to put solar is on the car.
End quote: solar cell efficiency has since improved and tesla developed its own expertise in embedding solar cells through the development of the solar roof. Two years later, things have changed after the launch of the cyber truck musk said that tesla’s.
New electric pickup truck will have a solar roof option that will add 15 miles of range per day, while conceptual fold-out, solar wings could potentially pull in 30 to 40 miles per day enough to get you around town, but you ‘
Ll still probably need to juice up the standard way for long hauls. After announcing that the solar option would be offered for the cyber truck. The ceo clearly suggested that deployable solar wings could also be added for even more solar power.
Tesla, cyber truck is going to be the first tesla vehicle with solar power, a new concept, video of the electric pickup truck with deployable solar may look insane, but it might not be too far out 3d artist, slav popovsky has decided to render what a tesla cyber Truck with deployable solar might look like, while the concept might seem bizarre, it might actually not be too far-fetched.
Based on previous comments from musk, we found that panasonic, a current solar cell and battery cell supplier for tesla, has released a new solar product designed for automotive applications back in 2017.
. The surface is just not big enough and they are not always in a great position to get good sun exposure. However, solar cell efficiency has been greatly improving over the last few years and if you have an efficient electric car with nicely integrated solar cells, you can actually get a few solar miles per day.
That extra range may not be enough to survive the zombie apocalypse and charging performance, no doubt would depend heavily on clouds, trees, day length and the orientation of the car compared to the sun’s rays.
Still, a solar range boost to the electric pickup. Could be useful if priced right, let’s. Take the tesla model s as an example. The size of the model, s approximately is 5 meters long and 2 meters wide with full sun for around four to five hours per day.
It can charge 10 kilowatt of charge per day in comparison. The current long range plus on a model s has a 100 kilowatt hour battery pack with a range of 402 miles, so charging 10 kilowatt is 10 percent of the battery pack, which will give 40 miles of charge per day.
This might be extremely optimistic, but practically it’s very useful extra range. We’re, starting to be excited about the prospect of this technology being more broadly deployed as an option in the next few years, with light year and apparently tesla with the cyber truck.
Moreover, dutch startup lightyear plans to launch an electric car powered by a combination of solar panels and batteries. The car isn’t quite ready for production. Yet, but lightyear is testing its solar tech on modified tesla model.
3. Sedans lightyear is two of these. Tesla research vehicles numbered zero, zero, five and zero zero six, as well as the solar equipped volkswagen crafter van. These vehicles started testing on public roads around lightyear’s, hometown of helmand, the netherlands, as the cars are driven.
They will measure solar yield to find out how much usable energy the roof mounted panels are generating. Tess will also provide real-world data on vibration, shock absorption and waterproofness. According to light year by the end of 2020 light year plans to complete a validation prototype of its light year, one production model dubbed 007.
It will marry the solar roof with the production, spec powertrain and battery pack. The startup signed an agreement with royal dsm to produce the solar roof for the one which is scheduled to launch in 2021.
Lightyear previously said, the solar roof could account for 70 to 90 percent of annual mileage, minimizing the need for plugging in a claim. That sounds like a serious engineering challenge. Even given improved solar efficiencies, while other automakers have experimented with solar roofs, lightyear claims its car is optimized for that there are even startups like german-based sono motor scion, developing a solar, integrated ev with 155 mile range, mainly powered through onboard solar power as well squad mobility.
Also builds a small solar powered urban vehicle. We think this solar panel option in cybertruck is going to be a game. Changer and tesla’s, new killer app. So to speak, like a lot of new features that tesla introduces.
I believe tesla is first going to launch it in the cyber truck as a differentiating feature, not that the cyber truck needs more of those and later leverages experience with the solar roof to introduce it to other cars.
The cyber truck is ideal for the first vehicle to receive the product from tesla, since it has more surface area to embed solar cells and therefore it’s easier to achieve more energy generation. One of the problems with solar cars is making them look good with solar cells.
I know not. Everyone cares about what a car looks like, but i assure you that it’s. A big deal for a lot of people, especially in premium segments like tesla vehicles. Tesla is already building a lot of experience in making solar cells look good with its solar glass roof tiles.
They can literally take some of the expertise working on solar glass for the solar roof for cars. Solar glass is not the only experience that will be useful to build the new feature. Tesla is also employing dozens of engineers who have experience working on solar cars as part of the popular solar car challenges between engineering schools.
Once it’s deployed on cybertruck, they will gain more experience with the feature and as the efficiency of the solar cell improves, we believe that tesla is going to start releasing the feature on other electric vehicles.
In conclusion, there have been other solar roof systems on cars before, but they’ve been more of a gimmick than anything else. I think tesla is in a great position to take the feature to a whole new level, starting with a cyber truck, but also with other vehicles afterward.
That said, it makes sense that if you’re a homeowner and you want to power your electric vehicle with solar power, it’s, still a better solution to have a solar array at home and charge your vehicle with that.
However, as electric vehicles become mainstream, more people who live in condos and apartments are buying them, and a solar power system on the car itself could be a good way for them to at least partly power their car with solar.
It’s, also a fun feature to have for adventure vehicles like the cyber truck and also a potentially very efficient feature to have for larger vehicles with lots of surface like the tesla semi. One more advantage is embedding the solar panel on the car’s.
Roofs can even allow smaller, lighter batteries than the regular electric vehicle leading to lower mass and energy use. So what do you think? Do you think this feature will be a changing move from tesla comment down your thoughts and don’t forget to subscribe and enable the notifications as well.
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