Kia and Hyundai reveal roof-mounted solar tech that will charge as you drive
It doesn't just benefit electric and hybrids
Kia and Hyundai has recently created roof-mounted solar panels that can not only benefit electric and hybrid cars but internal combustion engines as well.
They are designed to improve range and fuel efficiency for all three types of cars. Each vehicle will have its own unique solar panel designed to help it.
Hyundai engineering and design chief Jeong-Gil Park says: “In the future, we expect to see many different types of electricity-generating technologies integrated into our vehicles.
"The solar roof is the first of these technologies, and will mean that automobiles no longer passively consume energy but will begin to produce it actively. "
It is an exciting development for us, designing a technology for vehicle owners to help them shift from being energy users to being energy producers.”
First Generation System
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The first generation of solar panels is built for hybrids. The are made out of silicon and can produce 30 to 60% of power depending on the weather conditions or other environmental factors.
You can expect the first generations solar panels to come out sometime next year although the pricing and which models is still unknown.
Second Generation System
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The second generation is for petrol cars. This is actually world-first technology for ICE cars that will have solar panels on the roof. While you drive along it will charge your car's battery and lets a lot of light into the cabin at the same time. This actually helps your car be more fuel efficient and let out less C02 emissions.
Third Generation System
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The third generation solar panels are for electric vehicles, but this technology is still undergoing testing. It will help with maximise energy output for EVs and possible even shorten charging times as well.
What do you think?
Do you think about the technology that Kia and Hyundai have created? Could this even be used on future cars? Let me know what you think in the comments below. Thanks for reading.