Revolutionary Advancement, Tesla's Electric Car Battery Can Now Be Charged with Solar Energy

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Tesla's technological advancements continue to soar to new heights. The United States-based electric car manufacturer has introduced a groundbreaking feature called "charge on solar," enabling users to charge their vehicles using solar energy.

As reported by Tech Crunch on Friday, July 21, 2023, Tesla users who possess a solar power generation system and Tesla's energy storage device, Powerwall, can activate the charge on solar feature through the Tesla mobile app.

Through this feature, users have the freedom to set their charging limits according to their needs.

Originally introduced in May 2023 as "drive on sunshine," this feature was initially accessible only to Tesla electric car owners from the 2021 production year and onward, equipped with the Powerwall system.

It's noteworthy that the development of solar-powered vehicles dates back to the 1950s when General Motors introduced the Sunmobile, a modified model of the Corvette. The Sunmobile was reputed to harness solar energy to move on stage during the Chicago Auto Show.

Since then, other car manufacturers such as Lightyear, Fisker, Karma, Toyota, and of course, Tesla, have delved into the development of solar-powered cars.

Indonesia Predicted to Lead Electric Vehicle Sales in ASEAN by 2040

Thailand and Indonesia are set to become the two Southeast Asian countries competing in the electric vehicle (EV) market. Presently, Thailand dominates the market, with Indonesia holding the second position, according to a BloombergNEF research cited on Monday, July 10, 2023.

Thailand's success in the ASEAN EV industry is attributed to the more attractive incentives provided compared to Indonesia. Tax cuts and subsidies have driven up local consumption and production in Thailand.

According to a report by Bangkok Post, Thailand currently leads Indonesia in EV sales, with 51,000 units sold in 2022, while Indonesia's EV sales reached only around 10,000 units during the same period.

Furthermore, Thailand's EV sales are projected to reach 2.9 million units by 2040.

"Thailand will be a major player in the EV market, but after 2040, Indonesia will take the lead in the passenger car segment due to its large market size," said Allen Tom Abraham, Senior Transport Analyst at BloombergNEF for the Asia-Pacific region.

Moreover, it's worth mentioning that the production of EVs will require substantial investments in the battery supply chain.

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