Scania starts testing a semi-trailer with solar panels

Scania starts testing a semi-trailer with solar panels

October 8, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

About 140 square meters of panels were installed on the semi-trailer.

In a world where manufacturers have begun to pay special attention to environmental issues with hybrid and all-electric vehicles, Scania has decided to go another way of obtaining energy for the power plant – using solar panels. This method has already been repeatedly tested on prototypes and has shown itself to be on the good side, however, a car with multimedia systems, security systems and several passengers in the cabin will not go far on solar energy alone.

Scania has released a semi-trailer truck for testing, which is completely covered with solar panels. With a length of 18 meters, the trailer allowed 140 square meters of solar panels to be installed on its surfaces. Unfortunately, the company did not share information on how many kilometers the truck can travel only on solar energy, but said that the fuel economy was 5-10%. In addition, it became known that such a semi-trailer generates about 14,000 kWh of energy per year, which is not so bad considering that the tests took place in Sweden – not the sunniest country.

In addition to saving fuel, such a semi-trailer could provide power to a small electrical grid when the truck is not in use and is just parked. It is assumed that this technology could help residents of regions affected by natural disasters.