Cybertruck Patents Reveal “Armor Glass,” Retractable Solar Panels

Can Tesla interest you in a loading area with a solar module? How about some “armor glass”?

Solar pickup

New details on Tesla’s long-awaited cybertruck have emerged through the release of multiple patent applications in 2020, The Verge discovered.

The electric car maker’s brutalist pickup truck could be outfitted with fun options like solar panels built into the retractable cover of the cargo bed – a sign that the pickup has plenty of surprises in store for potential customers.

Glass sandwich

The apps also show how the truck’s sleek user interface changes depending on the situation, as well as a “bulletproof glass” material, a material that appears to be similar to the glass that was easily crushed during Tesla’s launch of the truck in 2019 at the time the company from a “Tesla bulletproof glass”.

In the patent application for the latter, the material is referred to as “multilayer” Glass stack for a vehicle windshield with improved durability. ”The stack contains an“ outward-facing glass layer ”and an“ inward-facing glass layer ”with an adhesive layer in between – similar to the glass sandwich used in modern smartphone screens such as The Verge highlights.

Screenshots of the truck’s user interface show a vehicle with a range of 610 miles discovered by InsideEVs, well above the advertised range of 500 miles.

Other images of the interface show what appears to be a towing aid that will help future Cybertruck owners connect a trailer.

One image in particular shows what looks like an RV extension, not unlike those shown in renderings when the truck was first announced.

Tesla is still hoping to start delivering the truck later this year, but Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects “volume production” to begin in 2022.

CONTINUE READING: Cybertruck patent applications show user interface, solar bed cover, “armored glass” [The Verge]

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