Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has modified its Model 3 vehicles with the addition of a solar roof as part of its Lightyear solar car development program. Lightyear is a brainchild of Solar Team Eindhoven, a group of Technical University of Eindhoven engineering students who have participated in the World Solar Challenge. The group’s invention is energy positive solar cars- Stella and Stella Lux, which produce more energy than they use.
The group is leveraging its huge success in the competition to build solar cars. Further, the group intends to develop into a stand-alone startup manufacturing solar cars. During the launch of Lightyear One in 2019, it was reported that the electric vehicle has impressive specs, although the company expressed worry over its pricing. The new car is expected to open a frontier for advanced solar integration on cars.
Tesla increasing the level of technology on their vehicles
Tesla plans to launch more tests on its vehicle using its patented technologies. The company targets to have a test vehicle No.7 by the end of the year. The new vehicle line will be built with in-wheel motor, Ligthyear’s solar, and improved battery technology. The idea is to have solar cells integrated on Model 3 was first proposed in 2017 by the company’s CEO, Elon Musk. At the time, Tesla engineers turned down the idea urging it lacked market potential.
Tesla considering construction of Cybertruck Gigafactory
Musk recently revealed that plans to construct a cyberattack gigafactory are in the pipeline. The announcement was made after reports emerged that the company had purchased land in Austin, Texas purportedly for the said factory.
The company is said to have bought the piece of land as it works out avenues for tax incentives from the local government. In a tweet, Musk said although the option on the table, the company is yet to take solid steps to implement it.
Tesla recently admitted that its self-driving approach is harder than what its competitors are producing. The company, however, defended its version saying it is in the right direction to scale. Apart from tesla, several other companies are on the race to solve self-driving using various approaches.