MemberSeptember 15, 2021 at 10:08 pm
There are only five body panels that contain solar cells: Hood, dashboard, roof, hatch and tail. Aside from the hatch the panels are composite shells so, while ungainly, they won’t be exceptionally heavy: Even the hatch is probably only a two-person lift.
In another post there’s an image of the cells in body panel mold: I’m guessing the intent is to “cast” the cells into the panel’s resin, making it monolithic. In all of the close-up photos of the vehicle there appear to be no seams around the individual cells.
The most cost effective repair (and haven’t we seen this with Tesla?) is to ship a complete replacement panel to the owner, along with detailed instructions for demounting the old panel and installing the new one.
I wonder if the six cells on the tail won’t manage to disappear from the production vehicle: They seem to be in a particularly vulnerable location and having to replace an entire panel for six cells… Perhaps the wider body of the beta prototypes will allow more cells to be mounted on the hood and roof, negating the need for the tail cells…