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Posted on August 26, 2020 by  & 

A Solar Tray Cover for Pickup Trucks

Worksport, a manufacturer of high quality, cost effective tonneau covers and accessories for truck, is launching TerraVis, a platform for versatile and cost-effective solar power integrations for pick-up trucks. This innovation is the first to combine practical, durable tonneau covers with a solar generation and energy storage system. The company is presently in discussions with various parties interested in commercial partnerships with the TerraVis technology system, including a high-profile future electric truck manufacturer.
The concept TerraVis was conceptualized with the goal of elevating today's pick-up trucks and creating more intelligent accessories. Solar panels built into the rugged tonneau cover, which Worksport has become known for, will collect the sun's rays and store energy in multiple battery banks. This energy store can then be used in situ to provide power to an electric motor or can be removed and used remotely. For further information see the IDTechEx report titled Solar Cars, Buses, Trucks, Trains 2020-2030.
"Worksport is beyond excited to launch the website with this preliminary information, as this is a system that not only has the power to revolutionize truck use now, but also to carry over into future developments," said WKSP CEO, Steven Rossi, "Everyone is moving towards solar power and renewable energy sources and so is the pick-up truck market. Our system is being designed to, among other things, provide a meaningful source of energy for the new wave of electric trucks."
Endless possibilities range from supporting a workstation at home, or on the job, to powering a campsite, or even providing immediate power in the face of a crisis or natural disaster, the TerraVis energy store and mobile charging pack is designed to be invaluable in any circumstance that demands mobile power. Built into the framework of a tonneau cover, the TerraVis system enables current pick-up truck owners to utilize sustainable energy without investing in the latest trend of electric trucks. TerraVis also caters to new electric truck owners, generating up to 1000 watts of power to be used to mitigate range anxiety and act as additional charge energy, with no carbon footprint, storing excess power in its expandable power storage banks.
Depending on the trucks bed size, up to 1000+ Watts of power can be generated using monocrystalline solar panels at about 22% efficiency. Within the battery bank, there is a portable "break away" unit that will house a 4000W A/C inverter and provide two 2000W outlets. The portable pack will provide close to 1 Kilowatt of stored energy. It will fast-charge from the bed mounted battery banks in about 15 - 30 minutes.
TerraVis is seeking capital to finalize the product and hopes to launch the product within 12-24 months of funding.
Source and images: TerraVis
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