Electric VW camper van adds 1kW solar panels

Electric VW camper van adds 1kW solar panels

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By Nick Flaherty

ABT e-Line in Germany has developed solar panels for the roof of Volkswagen’s ID. Buzz camper van.

Due to the limited roof area and the complex shapes of the solar modules, the effort required for this was previously too high and too cost-intensive. However the panel design on the long wheel base version provides up to 600W peak can be charged into the vehicle’s high-voltage battery. An extension via the vehicle’s side panels is already being considered to increase the output to over 1,000 watts.

The ID. Buzz will be able to charge up the batteries while stationary and even while driving, thus extending its range. Power for up to 3,000 kilometers per year can be generated and charged autonomously with solar energy without a grid connection says ABT.

“BEV and PHEV vehicles, with their traction storage units, are the perfect platform for using solar energy for propulsion too,” said Eric Plekkepoel, CEO of ABT e-Line.

The start of the series production of the new solar roof is planned for the beginning of 2024 via the company partners. As with the ABT Camper XNH, Volkswagen Group Service will carry out the conversion close to the factory. That saves long logistics routes in the interests of greater sustainability.


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