Last month, Hyundai Motor Company made news by launching has its first ever car with a solar roof charging system.
Targeted to be placed on the latest version of its Sonata Hybrid and then introduced to other vehicles over the coming years, for Hyundai it is just the beginning.
Already powered partly by an electric power source, the silicon solar panels will boost fuel efficiency and lower carbon dioxide emissions. And they can charge while the car is moving.
The expectation is that the solar panels will add 30% to 60% more power to the car’s battery. As an example, six hours of charge per day could add 1,300 kilometers per year to the car’s travel distances – all without gasoline.
Heui Won Yang, head of the Hyundai Motor Group’s Body Tech Unit, has also made it known that the business hopes to expand the technology to vehicles with traditional internal combustion engines.
As of now the new solar powered Hyundai Sonata is being sold in South Korea and will soon be available in the American market with the first model being released in 2020.
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