This article was published on December 23, 2021

This futuristic solar truck concept is like an EV Transformer

The pandemic unearthed a shape-sifting solar EV


This futuristic solar truck concept is like an EV Transformer
Cate Lawrence
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Cate Lawrence

Cate Lawrence is an Australian tech journo living in Berlin. She focuses on all things mobility: ebikes, autonomous vehicles, VTOL, smart ci Cate Lawrence is an Australian tech journo living in Berlin. She focuses on all things mobility: ebikes, autonomous vehicles, VTOL, smart cities, and the future of alternative energy sources like electric batteries, solar, and hydrogen.

Imagine you’re looking for something to do to keep yourself occupied during the COVID-19 lockdown. While some people opt for negroni making and Only Fans, others have higher ambitions.

Instead of baking bread or doing puzzles, the team at Wolfgang IP decided to make a new state-of-the-art solar EV truck.

a look at the cybertruck
The mighty Thundertruck makes the Cybertruck look positively ancient.

The makers note:

While this was not your typical lockdown activity, our core team had worked in and around the automotive industry for the past 25+ years, so it was something we were excited to take on.

We assembled an international team of top automotive designers, sculptors, engineers, research consultants, and marketers.

It makes watching the entire Games of Thrones and Stranger Things boxsets — again — seem rather redundant, doesn’t it? 

Introducing the Thundertruck solar EV truck

solar truck
A funky futuristic solar EV.

According to the Wolfgang team, the time is ripe for a really well-designed truck:

 There are more than 30 new electric vehicles in various stages from concept to production, slated for launch in the next two years. But there are very few pickup trucks, and most of the trucks that are coming look conventional and uninspired.

Their baby is called Thundertruck. It’s as if a DeLorean had sex with a Cybertruck and a Saab Aero-X

A multipurpose solar EV

The solar charging etruck
The Thundertruck in full charging capacity.

Designed for off-road desert dwellers, it takes its energy from the sun, through flexible solar awnings. The awnings charge the battery when the vehicle is stationary. And I love me some solar charging! 

the great outdoors with the thunder truck
Imagine taking this truck camping?

The awnings also provide auxiliary shade for when you’re camping, fishing, BBQing, snoozing, or whittling wood. It sounds positively campcore. 

The 4WD design comes with a 180 kWhg battery capacity, a 643km (400 miles) range, 800 horsepower, and 360kg (800 lb-ft) of torque.

Going one step further is a 6X6 with a range of 900km (560 miles) and a 210 kWh. The EV is designed to go from 0-96km/h (60 mph) in 3.5 seconds.

If they ever make a prototype, I’d be super keen to take it for a spin. But until then, I need to finish watching The Servant…

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