Hyundai's new solar car roof can improve fuel economy
Hyundai has revealed its first solar roof charging system which will provide additional power, increase range and offer better fuel economy. It will debut on the new Sonata Hybrid and will support the vehicle’s electric power source. While the technology will initially be offered on the Sonata Hybrid it will be rolled out to other models in its range over the coming years. “Solar roof technology is a good example of how Hyundai Motor is moving towards becoming a clean mobility provider,” says, Heui Won Yang, Senior Vice President and head of Body Tech Unit of Hyundai Motor Group.
"The technology allows our customers to actively tackle the emissions issue.
“We are striving to further expand the application of the technology beyond eco-friendly vehicle line up to vehicles with internal combustion engine.”
It includes a structure of silicon solar panels mounted to the vehicle’s roof which can charge up while driving.
The solar roof system can charge 30 to 60 per cent of the battery per day with 6 hours of daily charging, it is expected to increase drivers’ travel distance by an extra 1,300 km annually.
There is a solar panel and a controller and electricity are produced when solar energy activates the solar panel’s surface.
This is converted into energy by using photon of light from the sun. The electricity generated is converted to the standard voltage by the controller and then stored in the battery.
Sonata Hybrid will be the first equipped with the world’s first Active Shift Control (ASC) technology and solar roof charging system.
It is currently on sale in Korea and will soon be sold in North America.