China’s New EV Truck Recharges While Driving

Chinese automaker EdisonFuture, a subsidiary of renewable energy firm SPI Energy, revealed the first images of its EF1-T pickup truck EV, a report from InsideEVs explains. The pickup has a sloping retractable solar panel roof that can add range while the vehicle is on the road.

The EF1-T has a four-door configuration as well as an open bed in the back that can be fully covered to add extra range via solar power, even while driving. The vehicle has obvious similarities to Tesla’s Cybertruck, which somewhat surprisingly added a solar panel option after it was first unveiled — Tesla CEO Elon Musk has, on several occasions, voiced his skepticism over solar charging cars.

The ‘standard’ single-motor version of the EF1-T comes with a 470 horsepower engine that goes 0-60 (96 km) in 6.5 seconds, while the ‘premium’ model adds an extra motor enabling it to go 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. A ‘super’ version of the vehicle, meanwhile, has three motors, offering 816 horsepower, and allowing it to go 0-60 in only 3.9 seconds.

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