Truck batteries are expensive. They have to be able to run all day and occasionally stay on during the night. Using them for every little thing can cause your battery to die faster, costing you more money in the long run.
Companies have started introducing on-truck solar panels to ease the use of a truck battery.
The solar panels and their installation cost an average of $2,000, but they pay for themselves in as little as three years.
The panels can run electric heating and cooling systems as well as power up other appliances, which comes in handy if driving a reefer truck or van. Not having to worry about keeping items cool is a big weight off of truckers shoulders.
Solar panels on semi-trucks is a new thing. It’s hard to tell if its something that will take off everywhere, or if it will be something only a select few companies use.