During the German start, Sono Motors promises a car covered by solar panels that look like a solar-powered car (as…
During the German start, Sono Motors promises a car covered by solar panels that look like a solar-powered car (as you can see in the video above – these prices are USA, by the way) more common solo solutions would seem to be on Road like Hyundai Motor Group has just announced plans to introduce “sunroof” charging technology on selected Hyundai and Kia vehicles sometime “after 2019”.
The company says that electricity generating solar panels will be incorporated into the roof or engine of the vehicle, and will support combustion, hybrid and battery-electric vehicles with additional power.
Hyundai says that sewage technology is being developed to support the vehicle’s main power source, in order to improve mileage and reduce carbon emissions, and will be able to charge the batteries of not only electric and hybrid vehicles, but also those with the ICE (1
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Hyundai will put solar panels on selected vehicles, starting with hybrids.
The company develops three types of sunroof systems, where the first generation system is for hybrid vehicles, while second-generation technology provides a semi-transparent sunroof system for ICE vehicles. The third generation of technology will see the introduction of a lightweight sunroof for battery-powered vehicles.
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The first generation system of hybrids has a structure of silicon solar panels integrated into a standard car roof that can charge 30 to 60 percent of the battery during a normal day due to weather and other environmental factors.
Hyundai is still testing new solar technology as it will use on its clean EV devices sometime in the future.
The second generation semi-transparent sunroof for ICE vehicles can be integrated into a panoramic light, which emits the light in the cabin while the car’s battery is charging simultaneously.
The company says that third-generation systems for battery-powered cars are still under review and have not offered any further details at this time.
“In the future, we expect to see many different types of power generation technologies integrated into our vehicles,” says Jeong-Gil Park, Executive Vice President of Engineering and Design Division of Hyundai Motor Group.
Hyundai has developed semi-transparent solar panels that can be integrated into a panoramic light.
“The sun roof is the first of these technologies, meaning that cars no longer passively consume energy, but start to actively produce it. It’s an exciting development for us who design a vehicle owner technology to help them move away from be energy users to energy producers. “
EV and conventional ICE cars have used sewage before but, above all, just for light tasks such as cooling the interior or lowering the charge of a standard battery – as the system offered in the previous Nissan Leaf – while systems which does more than this, typically has an extremely high pricetag for what are very modest features.
Recently, Panasonic developed a 180 watt sun roof for the Japanese version of the Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid that can add up to 6 km of assortment per day (a very good sunny day, that is to say) while Elon Musk has also discussed the idea of making a sunroof option for the Tesla model 3, but later backed away from it.
German start Sono Motors has for a while pressed on its solar panel-covered Sion EV can get an additional 30 km long line of solar charging on an “optimal” day, but it has not yet been verified.
Given the size of solar panels that can be mounted on the roof of an ordinary car, it can only produce modest amounts of electricity. It remains to be seen if Hyundai’s announcement is actually a practical matter or just a marketing. Then again, lots of small profits can be quickly added, so it’s good to move in this direction, even for petrol-driven vehicles.