Solar power on electric cars has yet to become a common feature, but Tesla is about to change that – starting with the Cybertruck electric pickup.
Electric Vehicle expert and Electrek writer Fred Lambert, has discussed solar roofs on EVs before, most recently with the one on the latest Prius Prime, but a recurring problem is that they rarely generate enough power to be worth it.
According to Lambert, the solar cells on the Prius Prime’s roof were estimated to generate enough power to add about 2 miles of range during the day. However, solar power technology has been improving greatly, and it is increasingly starting to make more sense.
There are even startups, like Sono Motors and Lightyear, developing electric vehicles mainly powered through onboard solar power.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been looking into the idea for years.
In 2017, he said that he pushed his Tesla engineers to look into integrating solar cells on Model 3, but they concluded that it wasn’t worth it at the time.
Two years later, things have changed.
After the launch of the Cybertruck, Musk said that Tesla’s new electric pickup truck will have a solar roof option that will add 15 miles of range per day.
It’s the first time that a solar roof system has been confirmed to be coming to a Tesla vehicle.
Tesla has yet to open the configurator for the Cybertruck and therefore, the price or availability of the solar roof feature for the Cybertruck is still unknown.
The automaker is aiming to release the Cybertruck in late 2021. Go deeper here. LINK