Tesla's CyberTruck will have an add-on option for solar panels, an "ecat" system that will allow the truck to be charged from the sun while driving or parked. This has profound implications for those in sunny areas and may mean rarely having to charge for those who don't drive long distances.
Will be an option to add solar power that generates 15 miles per day, possibly more. Would love this to be self-powered. Adding fold out solar wings would generate 30 to 40 miles per day. Avg miles per day in US is 30.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 22, 2019
Solar Panels for the CyberTruck
Elon Musk stated the there will be an add-on option for the CyberTruck for solar panels that will charge it about 15 miles per day of being in the sun. With fold out wings, it would be 30 to 40 miles per day. I would suspect that the fold out wings would be an even more enhanced version of the solar panels add on.
For someone like me who will use the CyberTruck as my daily commute vehicle, having the solar panels would be a really nice add on. Most days, I would be driving my CyberTruck and parking it at work, and then driving home at the end of the day. Whatever sun the truck got would contribute to its charging. I may never have to pay for charging.
Will Other Tesla's Charge Themselves?
Will Tesla offer add-ons for other Tesla vehicles to have solar panels and be able to charge while in the sun? I think it would be difficult to retrofit old cars to do this, but new models certainly could. I'm sure there are some talented engineers at Tesla who could figure out how to get the solar panels to work.
Tesla could also make it easy to hook up a solar panel array that folds up and can be put on top of the Tesla car when it is parked. I think there are people who would use that.
What do you think of the CyberTruck being able to charge itself with solar panels? Would this be something you would buy as an add-on to the CyberTruck?
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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.