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Tesla Reveals Interesting Solar Trailer In Germany, Probably Won’t Build It

It’s basically just a small trailer with solar panels that can be extended outward to generate plenty of electricity.

Tesla is currently not offering solar charging of any kind on its electric vehicles, even though this is set to become a feature of some EVs in the near future. The manufacturer does build solar panels, though, but before putting them on top of one of its EVs, it put some of them on a small trailer and took it to IdeenExpo in Hannover, Germany, without really explaining why it’s there.

This was the official Tesla stand at the tech fair but no explanation was offered as to why the manufacturer had brought the solar trailer or what its planned use was. It’s not hard to imagine that it is envisioned to be towed behind an EV (possibly producing energy even while not extended) and once the destination is reached, it can extend its solar array all the way and thus produce electricity either for charging up the EV or just for a small group’s off-the-grid living (or camping) needs.

This Tesla Germany project looks very compact and lightweight, although it frankly just looks like a bunch of solar panels that were added on top of an existing trailer. So the solar panel array is from Tesla, but the trailer itself is not and while it’s certainly functional, it currently doesn’t really look the part – its design would not please a tech-savvy Tesla fan; it’s just not Cyber enough…

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has mentioned building something like this in the past, on the sidelines of the Cybertruck reveal back in 2019 when he announced that a range-extending solar array could be added to the trucks tonneau cover and it could also have fold-out panels that would add up to 40 miles of range per day. The project hasn’t been mentioned since, but Tesla is clearly considering adding some sort of solar charging component to its EVs.


Article by: Andrei Nedelea

Via: https://insideevs.com/news/596218/tesla-solar-trailer-range-extender-hannover-germany/

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Tesla Model 3 to embark on grand 9,400-mile journey using printed solar panels

A team of scientists from the University of Newcastle in Australia will be using a Tesla Model 3 as a means to test printed solar panels that they believe could be the next big thing in affordable, sustainable solutions. The group plans to use printed solar panels to power the Tesla Model 3 in a grand 9,400-mile journey across Australia in September. 

The project, which is dubbed Charge Around Australia, is made possible through a partnership between the UK company Charging Around Britain Ltd and the University of Newcastle. The initiative aims to demonstrate that printed solar panel technology could be used to generate renewable energy for off-grid electric vehicle charging. 

For the journey, the Charge Around Australia would be using 18 of the group’s printed plastic solar panels, each 59 feet long. The printed solar panels would be rolled out beside the Tesla Model 3 to soak up the sunlight. This system would enable the all-electric sedan to complete its 9,400-mile journey using only energy that’s gathered from the sun. 

Paul Dastoor, the inventor of the printed solar panel technology, noted that the team from the University of Newcastle would not just be testing the endurance of the printed solar panels during the 9,400-mile trip. They would also be looking into the technology’s potential for applications beyond electric vehicle charging. 

“This is actually an ideal testbed to give us information about how we would go about using and powering technology in other remote locations, for example, in space,” Dastoor said

Considering that the Tesla Model 3 would be charging from the sun, the vehicle’s journey would be long. The team plans to complete its 9,400-mile journey in 84 days, with the group visiting 70 schools in the process. By doing so, the team from the University of Newcastle hopes that students in Australia could get a taste of what a renewable future potentially holds

The printed solar panels that would be used in Charge Around Australia are quite disruptive on their own. Since the solar panels are printed using conventional printers, they are extremely affordable to make. They are also extremely lightweight and thin, making them very flexible and portable if needed. Dastoor explained the technology’s potential in one of Charge Around Australia’s videos. 

“We can look at applications where we can cover them across vast areas, and because they’re printed, at really low cost. So imagine a world where every building, every structure, has a coating on it that generates power. That’s the potential of this technology,” he said. 


Article by: Simon Alvarez

Via: https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-3-epic-9400-mile-journey-printed-solar-panels-australia/