Hyundai has released a version of its Sonata hybrid that has solar panels to help charge its battery. The Korean carmaker stated that up to 60% of the power for the car’s battery could be supplied if the solar roof was used for six hours a day.
The company further added that the panels would provide enough power to propel the Sonata for 1,300km (800miles) a year and it is planned to offer the roof as an optional extra on other models in its range.
According to the company’s spokesman, the mid-sized passenger car also has an improved engine control system to ensure energy use is as efficient as possible. In his words;
Fitting hybrids with panels that can harvest solar energy would boost fuel efficiency and lower carbon dioxide emissions.
Hyundai is not the first car manufacturer to use solar panels on a vehicle. The sun-powered charging systems are available as an option on the Toyota Prius, and the luxury Karma Revero is also available with one.
That being said, the solar-roof equipped Sonata will be on sale in North America and Korea. Hyundai said it had no plans to sell it in other regions. As for pricing, no price for the hybrid passenger car equipped with a solar roof has been given by Hyundai.