So, have you ever wondered about bolting solar panels on your Tesla? And why don’t all electric cars come equipped with solar panels for a sleek charge-on-the-go solution?
Recently Elon Musk in a tweet response clarified what he meant about the use of Tesla Glass in the company’s electric cars.
The idea of installing solar panels on a Tesla car was proposed by Elon Musk in 2016. However, Musk later stated that putting solar panels on the car itself is not helpful because the actual surface of the car is not that much and inefficiently angled for viable solar installations. Therefore, it is not possible to install solar panels on a Tesla car.
Tesla’s solar panels are designed to be highly efficient and deliver maximum solar production year-round, even on roofs with complicated angles for home only.
In fact, with improving solar technology and clever ground-up engineering, a few self-charging solar cars are just at the point of coming to market. In this video we’ll delve into the practicalities of solar power for vehicles and have a look at some of the early adopters of this emerging technology.
While it is not possible to install solar panels on a Tesla car, there are lightweight solar panels that can be used to power a Tesla electric car. Paul Dastoor, Professor of Physics at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, is using 18 specially-designed solar panels to power a 15,000km journey around Australia in a Tesla electric car. These printed panels offer a lightweight solution to conventional solar cells, allowing the energy system to be rolled up and stored in the back of the vehicle.