We’re used to seeing solar panels on roofs and in fields; seeing solar panels on trucks is less common.
But that might change if the latest Confidence Report on Solar for Trucks and Trailers is anything to go by.
The report, published by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE), explains different tractor- and trailer-based solar applications, lists key considerations for investment, and boosts awareness of trends in the solar technology field.
Solar technology in trucking is predominantly used to supplement battery-powered HVAC systems and hotel loads. The report revealed that this ability to supplement battery life is the biggest benefit of solar on trucks, meaning emergency roadside assistance for flat batteries and the cost of replacing those batteries is avoided.
The report also shows that when solar panels extend the running time of HVAC batteries, it reduces the load on the alternator the next day, resulting in fuel savings.
According to the report, solar might even lead to a solution to the ongoing trucker shortage as expectations regarding HVAC systems and hotel loads are clearly defined.
What do you reckon? Could green, solar power help attract the next generation of drivers, technicians and fleet managers?