Alongside Tesla showing off a cross-section of a Model Y with 4680 cells at IdeenExpo in Germany, the automaker had a trailer with solar panels attached at the event that also drew some attention. Now we have some more pictures of this unique solar and Starlink setup.
Tesla debuted a “show of concept” of a new range extender trailer this week, featuring a Starlink satellite internet dish and a few huge solar panels, as seen at IdeenExpo in Germany and shared on Instagram (via @tesla_adri).
The Tesla range extender was confirmed by a few employees as a concept, rather than a product that will be launched anytime soon, details Adri.
We can see the logo of Tesla Automation on the side, the German engineering subsidiary of the electric automaker.
The Starlink range extender trailer features a single axle with two wheels, and regular amenities found on a trailer like tools for maneuvering and planting the trailer.
The Tesla range extender trailer also includes a few internal compartments to house other necessary hardware for SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet, and possibly for even more down the road.
The solar range extender currently does not have any internal storage, though the company could also easily add something like this to the trailer in a future product launch.
These portable solar-powered trailers for Starlink offer a wide variety of use cases. It’s unclear if this product or concept will ever be offered for sale to customers or businesses.
The news comes under a week after SpaceX gained approval in the U.S. from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for use in moving boats, planes and trucks.