Hyundai, Kia to Introduce Solar Charging Tech

Hyundai, Kia to Introduce Solar Charging Tech

Hyundai and Kia say they are planning to introduce solar charging panels to the roofs or hoods of selected Hyundai cars.

They say the panels will provide additional electricity and fuel efficiency to the vehicles, which will be variously powered by internal combustion, hybrid, and battery electric engines. They claim the main goal of developing the tech has been to “improve mileage and reduce CO2 emissions” for the vehicles involved.

Selected hybrid Hyundai cars will get the “first-generation solar roof system”, which will be applied to hybrid models, and entails “a structure of mass-produced silicon solar panels” being attached to “an ordinary roof”. They say this system “can charge 30% to 60% of the battery per day” but this is dependent on environmental and climatic conditions.

The automakers’ “second-generation semi-transparent solar roof system” will be attached to the sunroofs of selected ICE-powered and electric Hyundai models, and purportedly charges the internal battery of the latter group of vehicles and an external battery affixed to the former group. Hyundai and Kia claim this technology can help boost car exports by bringing ICE-powered vehicles into line with international regulations on CO2 emissions.

The “third-generation lightweight solar-lid system” is in the developmental stages, and is designed for EVs only. It incorporates involves solar panels being mounted on the car’s roof and hood and the automakers say it will maximize the car’s energy output.

All three systems are comprised of a controller, a battery, and a panel. They work by the controller sending the solar power captured by the panel to the car’s battery. The automakers say the systems will not be rolled out until an unspecified date “after 2019”.



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