Providing vehicles with additional electrical power, Hyundai launches its first car with solar roof charging system. This technology will be rolled out to other Hyundai vehicles in the coming years.
Charging whilst driving, the solar technology can charge 30%-60% of the battery per day in a 6 hour period. It is expected to provide 800 miles of travelling annually.
This improves fuel efficiency, driving range and reduces CO2 emissions.
How does this work?
- The solar panel’s surface is activated by solar energy.
- Solar panel converts the energy using photons of light from the sun.
- This creates the electron-hole pairs in silicon cells, generating solar electricity.
- The electricity will be converted into the standard voltage and stored in the battery.
Heui Won Yan, Senior Vice President and head of Body Tech Unit of Hyundai Motor Group, said: “Solar roof technology is a good example of how Hyundai Motor is moving towards becoming a clean mobility provider. The technology allows our customers to actively tackle 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.”