On its website, Edisonfuture, a subsidiary of the Chinese energy business SPI Energy, recently displayed its electric and solar truck called EF1-T this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Surprisingly, the pick-up looks like the much-anticipated Tesla Cybertruck, with an optional load compartment covered with solar cells. It does, however, have one noticeable difference: it has a solar array that charges the truck in the Sun, adding up to 35 miles of range every day, according to the company.
The EF1-T is a pick-up that will be offered in three phases of growth. A 476 horsepower motor is used in the base version of the EF1-T electric truck, which is expected to accelerate the pick-up to 60 miles in 6.5 seconds. The EF1-T has a payload capacity of just under 3.5 tons. The vehicle’s Premium expansion stage receives two engines, the performance of which is unknown. This indicates that the truck should be able to reach 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds. The pulling power is increased by 330 lb. The premium model, the EF1-T Super, has three engines, is estimated to have nearly 820 hp, and can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds.
The EF1-T has a pulling power of just about 3.9 tonnes. Each model is available in a “shortbed” version with a loading area of about 2 metres in length or a “long-bed” version with a loading area of 2.44 meters. According to EdisonFuture, the EF1-T’s retractable solar panel can protect anything in the long-bed. The manufacturer names it “Armadillo Armor” because the panels’ sloped shape and shingled appearance are reminiscent of an armadillo. The EF1-T can be seen in the video below:
The EF1-T’s similarity to Tesla’s Cybertruck is almost certainly deliberate on the side of Edisonfuture. The Tesla Cybertruck’s bed could be covered in solar cells, as we already know. The EF1-T has two rows of seats that can accommodate up to six people. The top cover of the dashboard is covered in solar cells, which should provide one volt or the other.
Do you think the EF1-T is a well-planned vehicle? Maybe, Tesla should get a few ideas for the Cybertruck from the EF1T, which is influenced by their vehicle.