Tesla has shown off a range extender concept in which solar charging panels fold up into a trailer so electric vehicles can take them with them. In this way, when a car is running low on battery, the trailer can be unpacked and the battery recharged.
In addition, the trailer is equipped with an Elon Musk SpaceX Starlink satellite internet receiver . In this way, travelers can also access a high-speed Wi-Fi connection.
Tesla’s solar range extender was spotted at Hannover’s IdeenExpo show, where it was displayed alongside a cutout of the Model Y with 4,680 battery cells.
Unfortunately, for those who have already envisioned ways to use the trailer, there is no indication that it will become a consumer product any time soon. In fact, it may just end up being a nice proof of concept.
However, Instagram user teslamodel3fahrer managed to snap photos of the innovative device and whet our appetites.
They were later posted on Twitter by @tesla_adri.
More images of the trailer. Another employee confirmed the range extender + Starlink purpose.
He said the trailer does not have internal storage at this point.
He again confirmed that the trailer is meant as a "show of concept".
— Tesla_Adri (@tesla_adri) July 5, 2022
It is believed that, if it became a real product, the panels would have to be enlarged, since the estimate is that, as it currently stands, the trailer would only generate about 80 kilometers of extra range after a day of charging.