Hyundai Motor is launching its first car with a solar roof charging system but has no plans to sell the vehicle in Europe. The technology will provide vehicles with additional electrical power, as well as increasing fuel efficiency and driving range by chrging the batteries during operation.
The solar roof system includes a structure of silicon solar panels that are mounted on the car’s roof. Being able to charge even while driving, the solar roof system can charge 30 to 60 per cent of the battery per day. With six hours of daily charging, it is expected to increase range distance by an extra 1,300 km annually.
The system is composed of a solar panel and a controller. The electricity from this process is converted to the standard voltage by the controller, then stored in the battery.
The new Sonata Hybrid is also equipped with the world’s first Active Shift Control (ASC) technology alongside the solar roof charging system.