PK Super Solar Pickup Truck
ZAP has an electric pickup truck called the
ZAP Xebra PK review
There is a version of
it that has a solar panel on the roof over the bed:
Xebra PK Xero
Note the room for a
4’x 4’ piece of plywood between the back pillars.
Here are some “wild and crazy” ideas about further additions
to the PK Xero, which I call the PK Xtra Xero or the PK Super Solar:
- Mark Higley took my suggestion for adding solar panels on
the sides of the frame to draw these pictures:
Xebra Xtra Xero PK or Xebra Super
how he ingeniously allows the sides and back solar panels to be raised to get
better Sun angles.
top solar panel could be redesigned to lengthen it to fill the entire top
of the frame, perhaps making it 160 watts instead of 150 watts.
panel could be molded to the top of the cab.
cover on the front of the frame could be another solar panel, so that one
could raise the bed for more sunlight, but that would probably not be cost
effective, since its optimal Sun angle would make some other panels have
non-optimal Sun angles. In any case, perhaps the front of the frame should
be covered to keep the weather out if it is going to used as a camper.
estimate that the sides total about 5/4 of the area of the top and the
back about 2/4 of the area of the top, for a total extra area of about 7/4
of the area of the top. Adding the top yields about 11/4 of 150 Watts =
413 watts, say 400 watts. Of course, some of the angles to the Sun will be
wrong when the sides and rear are latched down; maybe 300 watts might then
be effective. If two of the panels are raised to better solar angles, as shown
in the second of Higley’s drawings, maybe it
would be 350 watts, which would take 12 hours of sunlight to charge the
standard batteries (4.5 kWh). 300 watts would take 15 hours of sunlight.
That is not inconsequential!
bed size inside is 51” x 56” or 4.25’ x 4.67’. The solar panel size on the
top appears to be about 2.5’ by 3.5’ and has a power rating of 150 watts,
which yields about 17 watts/ft2. (This seems too high. See http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/yago90.html:
“10 watts per square-foot of roof area is a good ‘rule of thumb’ for most areas in North America.”
watts per square feet for single crystal panels is
about 11.5; for multi-crystalline about 12.)
flexible solar panel molded to the top of the cab might add another 25 to
next problem to solve is how to wire all of the panels to give >74
volts to the batteries for charging.
it is going to be used as a camper, there would need to be some kind of
anti-bug netting under the sides and back solar panels for when they are
would be nice to have a 12-volts (or higher) power outlet inside the rear
of the bed.
This is web page http://www.roperld.com/science/ZAPXebraPKXX.htm