Tesla doesn’t currently offer solar panels for the Model Y, so this owner took it personally.
And since Tesla wouldn’t put a solar roof on his car, he did it himself.
The owner of the car, who goes by somid3 on Reddit, doesn’t do half measures either.
Not only did he fit his Model Y with solar panels – he even created a website for it and gave it a name.
He gave the project a name, too.
He calls it ‘Beta One’.
According to details shared on the website he launched, DartSolar, he fitted a deployable solar roof that weighs less than 165 lbs (74 kg) and can retract when the car is moving.
Using 175-watt solar panels, Beta One can add 6 kWh to the EV per day, which translates to about 20 extra miles of range (32 kilometers) for every five hours of sun.
It’s unclear whether he’d actually sell one to prospective buyers, but he did come up with a price point.
Beta One costs around $4,000 and a Beta Two version is in the works.
The goal is to address the main issue with Beta One, the obvious elephant in the room: it’s too big.
With the best will in the world, it’s hard to imagine people willing to spend money on a solar roof that’s literally larger than the car.
However, these are aftermarket projects, and Tesla hasn’t actually launched any such project yet.
The key word is ‘yet’, because even though it’s not available yet, Tesla did say a solar roof option for the Cybertruck may be available in the future.