Hyundai Motor is launching its first car with a solar roof charging system. This technology will provide vehicles with additional electrical power, as well as increasing fuel efficiency and driving range.
The solar roof charging system will makes its debut on the New Sonata Hybrid. 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 advancing the mobility industry towards a more sustainable future.
The solar roof system includes a structure of silicon solar panels that are mounted on the car’s roof. Being able to charge even 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.
The system is composed of a solar panel and a controller. 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 generate solar electricity.
The electricity from this process is converted to the standard voltage by the controller, then stored in the battery. Hyundai Motor took not only efficiency but also design into account while developing the solar charging system.
Solar roof technology is an example of how Hyundai Motor is moving towards becoming a clean mobility provider.
Source: Press Release