Hyundai has released a hybrid version of its Sonata model with solar panels on its roof in order to help charge its battery. The system supports the vehicle’s electric power source, improving fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions.
In the coming years, Hyundai will roll out the technology to other vehicles across its range. This is the latest application of a smart solution from Hyundai advancing the mobility industry towards a more sustainable future.
“Electricity is produced when solar energy activates the solar panel’s surface, which converts this energy by using photons of light from the sun… This creates the electron-hole pairs in silicon cells, which in turn generate solar electricity. This power is then converted to the standard voltage by the controller and stored in the battery.”Hyundai explained.
The high-voltage battery capacity of Sonata Hybrid is 1.49 kWh. It can charge 894Wh of energy, or 60 percent of the battery capacity, with a solar roof for one day. This result is based on a summer test in California and it varies by test condition.
Other automakers are also developing solar charging systems as a way to help power electric cars and increase driving distances between charges. Lightyear One, electric car prototype unveiled by Lightyear, has a claimed range of 450 miles or around 725 km.
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