Tesla Motors Sports Car Powered By Solar Umbrella

0
Tesla Motors Sports Car Powered By Solar Umbrella
Blomst / Pixabay

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s Model S sedan has been hailed for its long range and environmentally friendly technology. But what if we could make that tech even more eco-friendly? Of course CEO Elon Musk is working on this with solar roofs for their Supercharger stations, but at CES last week, an interesting concept emerged from someplace other than Tesla and Musk’s head.

Monarch Power shows Tesla umbrella

Business Insider reports that one of the most eye-catching items at the Consumer Electronics Show this year was a Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) sports car with an umbrella which sports solar panels. At this point, the umbrella appears to be just a concept, but that didn’t stop the maker, Monarch Power, from showing it off at CES. The company doesn’t have any of them for sale.

Crypto Hedge Fund Three Arrows Blows Up, Others Could Follow

CryptoA few years ago, crypto hedge funds were all the rage. As cryptocurrencies rose in value, hundreds of hedge funds specializing in digital assets launched to try and capitalize on investor demand. Some of these funds recorded double-digit gains in 2020 and 2021 as cryptocurrencies surged in value. However, this year, cryptocurrencies have been under Read More

The umbrella is retractable and has 18 solar panels on it. There are 16 solar cells included it, and they generate 1.2 kW of power. Monarch would offer them as standalone panels, and they could, theoretically, enable drivers to drive on solar power without having to visit a Supercharger station. Monarch said specifically that the solar umbrella would “supplement” charging for the vehicle, suggesting that it isn’t powerful enough to replace charging stations entirely.

Getting realistic about solar charging

From the pictures, the size of the solar umbrella dwarfs the Tesla vehicle, so it doesn’t look too practical. However, this isn’t the first time it has been suggested that solar panels could be a car’s best friend. Some models of the Toyota Prius hybrid have solar panels on the roof. However, reviews on just how much power they added to the vehicle have been mixed.

Obviously this is one area where technology is still catching up to the concepts, but solar panel makers are continuously improving solar technology to squeeze more and more power out of smaller and smaller areas of panel space.

Updated on

Michelle Jones is editor-in-chief for ValueWalk.com and has been with the site since 2012. Previously, she was a television news producer for eight years. She produced the morning news programs for the NBC affiliates in Evansville, Indiana and Huntsville, Alabama and spent a short time at the CBS affiliate in Huntsville. She has experience as a writer and public relations expert for a wide variety of businesses. Email her at Mjones@wordpress-785388-2679526.cloudwaysapps.com.
Previous article USANA Health Sciences [Part 3]: ‘All Systems Go’ On Valuation
Next article Google Inc (GOOG), Apple Inc. (AAPL) Ramp Up Patent Filings In 2013

No posts to display