Hyundai has released a version of its Sonata hybrid with solar panel roof
To support its battery to charge, Hyundai has released a version of its Sonata hybrid with solar panel roof.
The Korean carmaker revealed the truth that 60% of the power for the car’s battery could be supplied if the solar roof is used for six hours per day. The panels would provide enough power to propel the Sonata for 1,300km (800miles) a year, it added.
Hyundai is also planned to offer the solar roof as an optional extra on other models in its range.
Benefits of Sonata with solar panel roof
Fitting hybrid cars with solar panels that can harvest solar energy would boost fuel efficiency and lower the emission of carbon dioxide. The mid-sized passenger car had an improved engine control system to use the energy economically.
The solar-roof equipped Sonata will be on sale in North America and Korea.
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)
According to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), released last month, the sales of low emission vehicles, including hybrids, fell for the first time in the UK, in more than two years.
The SMMT blamed confusing policies and premature removal of subsidies for such hybrids, as the main reasons for the drop in sales.
Besides Hyundai, the sun-powered charging systems are available as an option on the Toyota Prius and on the luxury Karma Revero.
In addition, Dutch start-up Lightyear is working on an electric car that comes with solar panels on its bonnet and roof to help charge the vehicle’s batteries. The Lightyear One car is expected to cost about €149,000 (£137,000) when it goes on sale in 2021.
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