The team behind this piece of equipment is none other than Worksport, a crew that started as a manufacturer of tonneau covers for pickup trucks that are being sold in the United States and Canada. Since 2011 this crew has been focusing on coming up with alternative energy methods but only in the past five years have their time and effort been dedicated to creating the TerraVis system, among other things, so be sure to keep up with autoevolution for more.
So, how does TerraVis work exactly? Well, the entire system is based around the COR battery system, which uses multiple rechargeable battery packs to supply constant electrical backup power, even covering up to thirty 30% or more of your daily commute needs.
So, let’s break it down a bit so that you know what you’re in for. As far as the tonneaus go, several designs and sizes cover most pickup truck bed designs, while tailgate panels also exist in case you don’t want to cover your bed or just want an extra boost of energy.
Even if you do choose to equip a tonneau cover, by design they are made to, offer several positions and allow access to your cargo easily. As far as power output goes, the tonneaus can cover anywhere from 450 watts to 800 watts of power, capable of recharging one battery pack in less than two hours.
Now for the COR system and inverter. It works by utilizing a core, or inverter that is set up to function as a sort of docking bay for fully charged batteries. Simply put, this inverter takes fully charged battery packs and distributes their energy as you require.
One inverter and three battery packs pump out 6,000 Wh of juice, enough to power an AC unit for 44 hours or more, around 400 smartphone recharges, and 60 laptop recharges. Depleted batteries are to be set up on a “power rail” or rack that feeds energy directly into drained packs.
As I mentioned, the only need for a pickup truck is if you’d like to set up a tonneau too, but without one, the TerraVis is still suitable to be used in any kind of vehicle and setting you like; can be an absolute lifesaver out in the wild.
Now, the introductory video for this system makes it feel as though you now have a never-ending supply of energy. Honestly, if you think about it, with a tonneau, a TerrVis COR, and as many battery packs as you can handle, this system does seem to be able to provide a constant flow of electricity into your lifestyle.
As far as pricing goes, the manufacturer’s website shows that a battery and inverter will be running for an estimated $2,000 (€1,717 at current exchange rates), while a cover anywhere from $1,500 (€1,292 at current exchange rates) to $2,000 (€1,717 at current exchange rates). But what about just battery packs alone? I feel we’ll find out as soon as these puppies hit production, beginning with the end of Q2 2022.