This sounds brilliant.
The world is moving towards electric cars, and with them come electric trucks. The first one that comes to mind is the Tesla Cybertruck, but Lordstown Motors has the Endurance coming and Nikola Motors will be bringing the Badger to market. Each of these is exciting in its own way, but for workmen who are accustomed to trucks like the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500, range anxiety is still a very real issue. Fortunately, a company called Worksport has come up with a way to reduce that anxiety and increase range. It's a solar panel that fits as a tonneau cover, and it sounds brilliant.
At risk of stating the obvious, the tonneau cover fits over the load bed of the truck it is fitted to and its solar panels then absorb the sun's rays and turn them into electricity. It has its own battery packs that can store up to two kilowatts of power, but the really clever thing is that these battery packs don't have to power just the truck. The system also includes breakaway units that can act as mobile power banks. Need to hook up your electric drill? Take out a pack. Going camping and want to charge your phone in your tent? These packs can do that, too. The possibilities are endless, but what about the main issue of EV range?
According to Worksport's CEO Steven Rossi, the system - called TerraVis - is "being designed to, among other things, provide a meaningful source of energy for the new wave of electric trucks." Worksport claims that the system should provide between 25 and 30 percent of the charge that the average commuter would need. For now, the system won't be offered on new trucks per see, but the company has plans to provide specific solutions for electric trucks from Ford, GM, Rivian, Bollinger, and Tesla. The company also wants to join forces with a U.S.-based EV startup featuring Pininfarina design. Expect to see the new product roll out over the next year or two.