Hyundai introduces solar roof technology

Solar roof’ charging technology

Combined with a panoramic sunroof, it'll mean the vehicle can recoup some power from solar energy without giving up on the brightness inside the cabin that people expect from a sunroof.

The second type is designed for ICE-only vehicles and features a semi-transparent solar roof that charges the vehicle's battery. The automakers boast this system for combustion vehicles will be a world-first application for solar charging technology. Nonetheless, they are necessary to help Kia and Hyundai comply with ever more stringent environmental laws globally.

According to an official release, three types of solar roof charging systems will be developed by the Hyundai Motor Group for each vehicle type, ensuring the batteries used are kept charged for more Earth-friendly motoring. Hyundai and Kia estimate that this solar roof can add between 30 and 60 percent of a battery's capacity over the course of a day - weather depending, obviously.

But the second-generation system will bring solar-based charging to a class of vehicle not normally pegged for this kind of tech - cars with traditional internal combustion engines. For drivers who want to go more green but are unable - for various reasons, including renting - to install their own solar panels on their roof, having them mounted on the vehicle instead might be a useful workaround.

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A 100W solar panel, given typical summer noontime levels of sunshine, could deliver 100 Wh of energy an hour, Hyundai points out.

"In the future, we expect to see many different types of electricity-generating technologies integrated into our vehicles", said the developer of the technology Jeong-Gil Park, Executive Vice President of the Engineering and Design Division of Hyundai Motor Group.

The company says that the third-generation system for battery electric vehicles is still now in testing and has now offered up no further details on this.

Power generated from these solar panel roofs will be able to produce additional electrical power, increasing fuel efficiency and range. Considering hybrids have the smallest batteries of all, this is a good place to start.

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