VIA Motors Unveils Solar Range-Extending Tonneau Cover

By , Gizmag

VIA Motors has revealed a solar panel tonneau cover that will add an extra 10 miles (16 km) of range to its eREV40 electric pickup truck.

VIA Motors’ vehicle lineup, which include pick up trucks, an SUV and a van, can drive for 40 miles (64 km) in all-electric mode before turning to the combustion engine for a total range of 400 miles (644 km) on a single tank. The solar panel tonneau cover on display in LA is designed to fit over the rear bed of VIA Motors’ extended cab truck and, according to VP of Sales, Mark Burdge, adds an additional 10 miles (16 km) to the vehicle’s all-electric range.