Dear Tesla Enthusiasts,
A fellow Phd student and I are setting up a project to travel across the United States by using only solar energy (www.solarjourneyusa.com). We will be using flexible solar panels that can fit in a trailer. The idea is to make dialy stops every 200 miles at schools, universities and other high-profile destinations to educate the public about EV's and flexible solar panels. While we educate the people during the day, we will be charging our batteries so that we can drive off in the evening without having used any fossil fuels for charging.
Currently, we're looking for the appropriate (commercially available) vehicle to use for this trip and we came across the Tesla Roadster. There's a couple of important questions I need to answer before moving forward, and I thought you guys could help me out with some advice.
I know a fair share about charging methods for EV's, but I was wondering:
- Is it possible to charge the Roadster with a high-voltage DC connection (without making any alterations to the car)? That is, is one of the three charging methods DC? I'm asking this because we would prefer to not bring an additional inverter in the first step to go from DC (solar) to AC (input to car) back to DC (battery) to AC (drivetrain)!!!
CONNECTING A TRAILER
I'm not sure if this is discussed in this forum, because the Roadster is not the first car you would want to connect a trailer to:
- Is it possible to connect a hitch to the Roadster? Have you heard of anyone who has towed anything? I know from Lotus Elise forums that people have attached a hitch to the frame under the car before: http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/931132-post106.html
So since the Roadster has the same frame, do you think this hitch component can be attached?
Thanks so much for your input.
I hope to own one myself one day.
Rob van Haaren