Tesla Shows Off Its Cool Solar Range Extender Trailer With Starlink Dish

Range extenders are nothing new, although they usually involve the use of a small internal combustion engine that can help an all-electric vehicle go farther. Tesla appears to have scoffed at the idea, as the team presented a solar-powered range extender trailer as part of its exhibit at the 2022 IdeenExpo in Hannover, Germany.

The IdeenExpo is held at the Hannover Exhibition Center and is a huge event for children, teens and young adults featuring workshops and exhibitions from various prominent exhibitors. Companies attending this year’s event, dubbed “The World’s Largest Classroom,” included electric vehicle players such as Tesla and Volkswagen.

As noted by Tesla advocate Falk Melzer, Tesla Germany has already brought a number of attractive projects to the 2022 IdeenExpo. These included a white Model Y chassis with the chassis battery pack display. The Model Y is equipped with 4,680 battery cells, which are expected to be rolled out in domestic Gigafactory Berlin cars in the near future.

However, perhaps the most interesting presentation that Tesla made to the event was an extended solar range trailer with extendable panels and a Starlink dish. With the solar panels folded, it looked like a Tesla range extender trailer could supply vehicles with the right amount of power. The trailer seemed lightweight as well, although it’s very hard to tell if the exotic also came with a battery pack.

The solar range extender trailer from Tesla Germany was shown at the 2022 IdeenExpo in Hannover, Germany. (Image credit: Falk Melzer)

The solar range extender trailer from Tesla Germany is clearly a prototype, although it’s interesting to see Tesla exploring solutions that could help its all-electric vehicles travel longer distances. Elon Musk himself has mentioned such a product in the past, following the initial reveal of the Cybertruck in 2019.

At the time, Musk indicated that Tesla would likely build an all-electric truck range extender in the form of a solar tony cap that could generate about 15 miles of range per day. The CEO added that adding foldable solar wings could likely improve the Cybertruck’s daily range to about 30-40 miles per day. Considering that the average mileage of US drivers is around 39 miles per day, the extra range offered by Cybertruck’s solar panels can certainly come in handy.

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Tesla Shows Off Its Cool Solar Range Extender Trailer With Starlink Dish






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