Hyundai and Kia Developing Solar Panel Roofs for Electric, Internal Combustion Engines

Hyundai and Kia Developing Solar Panel Roofs for Electric, Internal Combustion Engines”

The semi-transparent solar panels are applied to a panoramic sunroof, allowing the roof to generate energy while still letting light into the cabin. While solar charging panels have been fitted to vehicles previously, including on the Toyota Prius Plug-in, this is believed to be the first time the technology will be applied to an ICE-only auto.

The one we'll see first will exist on hybrids.

The third stage, which is now the subject of a pilot study, will see fuller integration of solar panels into the vehicle structure, on both the roof and hood. Applying solar charging systems to ICE vehicles will help them comply with ever more stringent global environmental laws regulating Carbon dioxide emissions. Hyundai says the system can charge about 30-60 percent of the battery in a day, depending on weather conditions and other factors.

The second is for vehicles with internal combustion engines and can be used in panoramic sunroofs, letting light through to driver and passengers while topping up the auto battery.

You might have heard about solar panels on a car's roof, but the hood?

Hyundai has announced a three-stage deployment, the first stage of which will see mass-produced silicon solar panels mounted onto the standard roofs of hybrid vehicles.

In its release, Hyundai Motor Group doesn't have much to say about the third generation of the technology, other than it "is now in testing", and it will be applied to the roofs and hoods of future EVs to provide them with a source of clean energy.

The third-generation system is now in testing.

"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", he added.

A 100W solar panel, given typical summer noontime levels of sunshine, could deliver 100 Wh of energy an hour, Hyundai points out. Then again, lots of small gains can quickly add up, so any move in this direction is a good thing, even for petrol-powered vehicles.

Power generated from these solar panel roofs will be able to produce additional electrical power, increasing fuel efficiency and range.

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