Purkeys recently conducted studies on solar panels to better understand how to integrate solar charging into their current liftgate charging system line.
The research led to the invention of the Solar Bolt, an innovative way to increase charging opportunities. The Solar Bolt is designed to allow liftgate batteries to be charged by solar energy even when the vehicle is running. It is the only charger of it’s kind because it works in conjunction with the vehicle’s electrical system.
This charging system can be installed onto a trailer or straight truck, allowing liftgate batteries to charge when solar energy is available.
Purkeys conducted the research by installing three solar panels on a trailer and putting the controller in the liftgate battery box. The data loggers on the trailers measured the voltage batters, current coming from the solar panels and the current going from the batteries into the liftgate motors. The measurements provided the necessary information to understand how well the solar panel functions within the system.