Solar on a model 3?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by RN-TUE, Mar 9, 2020.

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  1. RN-TUE

    RN-TUE New Member


    I am a student at the Eindhoven University of Technology and currently, I am doing my master thesis regarding the feasibility of solar roofs on Electric Vehicles.

    See below an impression of how this would look like on a model 3.
    As I would like to gather some input from model 3 owners, I would like to ask you if you are willing to take part in the following survey:

    Solar Roofs on Electric Vehicles:

    Looking forward to hearing your opinions, and thanks in advance for filling in the survey!

    Kind Regards,
    Ruud Neutelings
    Graduate Student at TU/e
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  3. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web Well-Known Member Subscriber

    There is a parasitic load that a fairly small solar array could handle to keep the 12V battery optimized. Traction power take significantly more.

    Let me suggest a solar trailer with battery storage and active, sun following. You'll still need significant storage, 25-50 kWh, but at least it will not have to deal with driving loads. Folded up for towing, it can provide power in remote areas.

    Bob Wilson

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