Monday, July 22, 2024

Worksport introduces TerraVis, a tonneau cover with integrated solar panels

Pickups could be a little more practical. Worksport has developed a tonneau cover that generates electricity with solar energy. It has called it the TerraVis system – a platform for versatile and cost-effective solar power integrations for pickup trucks. The innovation combines practical, durable tonneau covers with a cutting-edge solar generation and energy storage system.

The integrated solar panels in the rugged tonneau cover collect the sun’s rays and are stored in multiple battery banks. This energy can then be used in situ to provide power to an electric motor or can be removed and used remotely.

The TerraVis system will be made to fit existing trucks and comprises of hard, sectioned, folding tonneau cover. Made from the most durable materials, this solar tonneau maintains the Worksport build quality while integrating the latest solar tech. The power bank can be used in place or removed for versatile power exactly where you need it.

TerraVis when folded.
TerraVis when folded. Credit: Worksport

Within the battery bank, there is a portable “breakaway” 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. The battery bank can store over 2 Kilowatts of DC power.

Worksport, which will not wait for electric pickup models that have not yet entered the market, will offer TerraVis on normal pickup models. The system enables current pickup truck owners to utilize sustainable energy through advanced solar power technology without investing in the latest trend of electric trucks. It will also be produced specifically for electric pickups.

Depending on the truck bed size, the cover can generate up to 1000+ Watts using monocrystalline solar panels at about 22% efficiency. But when this TerraVis is combined with future electric pickups, Worksport ensures that it will be able to generate between 25 and 30% of the energy it needs on average.

Currently, the company is in the design stages of the TerraVis and is seeking additional investment capital to finalize the product. They expect to launch the product within 12-24 months of funding.