The US Patent and Trademark Office has filed a patent application from the American company Tesla for solar panels built into the cargo compartment lid of the Cybertruck electric pickup truck.
According to Teslarati, a patent application from the manufacturer of electric vehicles Tesla has appeared in the catalog of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for solar panels integrated into the cargo compartment lid of the Cybertruck pickup truck – 110 elements in the form of separate strips. When the cargo compartment lid is closed, solar panels on the outside charge the pickup’s battery pack. In the folded state, the strips with solar panels, obviously, will be rolled up or folded in the form of an accordion. Elon Musk wrote on his Twitter that solar panels are able to increase the Cybertruck’s mileage on one battery charge by about 25 kilometers a day, and maybe even more – if you’re lucky with the weather.
The head of Tesla also noted that if folding solar panels are installed on an electric pickup truck, autonomy could increase by another 50-65 kilometers per day. In this case, according to Musk’s plan, Cybertruck can become completely autonomous, since the average daily mileage in the United States is just 50 kilometers. Which of these functions will be embodied in the serial version of the electric pickup is still unknown. Tesla Cybertruck deliveries were scheduled to begin in the second half of this year, but rumors have it that the launch could be postponed until 2022.