Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Hyundai and Kia to introduce solar roof charging system

Hyundai and Kia to introduce solar roof charging system

The first-generation system, which be available from next year, will feature a silicone photovoltaic solar array attached to a standard roof on hybrid cars.

Third generation technology will see a lightweight solar panel roof made for battery electric vehicles.

Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors announced in a press release Wednesday that they are working together on solar charging technology for integration into hybrid, electric, and internal combustion vehicles.

Hyundai is hoping the systems will be able to improve real-world fuel economy, improve their efficiency and reduce Carbon dioxide emissions. These include those powered by conventional internal combustion engines (ICE), hybrid, and battery electric vehicles, with the aim of increasing fuel efficiency and range. As the hybrid auto is parked, this roof will have the ability to charge 30 percent to 60 percent of its battery during the course of a day, depending on current weather conditions. The scheme will see Hyundai Motor Group develop three types of its own solar roof systems, including a semi-transparent panel which won't force drivers to sacrifice a sunroof.

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The systems comprise of a solar panel, controller and a battery. Power generated from this type of roof could be used for the air conditioning and seat heating systems. 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 semi-transparent solar panels are applied to a panoramic sunroof, allowing the roof to generate energy while still letting light into the cabin.

The last will be for electric cars and is now in the testing phase.

When a 100W solar panel is equipped, it can produce up to 100Wh of energy (in ideal conditions: summer noon, 1000 W/m2 intensity of radiation).

"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. And eventually Hyundai and Kia will introduce lightweight solar panels that can be used for the hood or trunk lid of a auto.

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