We go back to talking about the Cybertruck of Tesla, the electric pick-up presented by Elon Musk at the end of 2019 and arriving on the market by the first months of 2022. For weeks, the US car group has been unveiling small updates and innovations, perhaps also to keep attention on the vehicle. And today an important confirmation arrives: the Cybertruck can also be purchased with built-in solar panels.
This is what emerges from a new one patent, with which Musk’s company plans to introduce a foldable charging panel to the market. At the moment, however, it is not known when the option will actually be marketed.
Cybertruck, even with solar panels
According to the patent, recently filed by Tesla with the US Patent and Trademark Office, the group is planning the introduction of a version of the Cybertruck equipped with photovoltaic panels. A real roof that will cover the rear compartment of the pick-up and that can be folded up if necessary. All this, of course, automatically.
Given the size of the panel, it is unlikely that it will be used to recharge the vehicle’s batteries quickly. On the other hand, it is more plausible that it is needed just to recover some residual autonomy – we are talking about a few miles a day – or to power external equipment. On the other hand, they are increasingly depopulated camperized versions of the electric pick-up and the same company has specified how the vehicle is able to power caravans, campers and even tiny houses.
According to Electrek, the photovoltaic panels for the Cybertruck will not be part of the standard equipment of the car, but will be offered as an additional option. The maximum power guaranteed by the system and its efficiency are not known at the moment.
As anticipated in recent weeks, the vehicle has already reached 1 million pre-orders and should be delivered to the first buyers between the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022.