The South Korean car makers Kia & Hyundai have revealed their plans to introduce hi-tech solar-roof charging technology to power future cars. To do so, electricity-producing solar panels will be installed into the roof or bonnet of the vehicle that will not only support internal combustion but also hybrid and battery electric vehicles. The cars will be able to get charged with a daylight and obviously, bad weather would have an impact on the charging capacity of the system.
These first-generation cars are aimed to increase the fuel efficiency of the vehicle and to generate extra electric power. The company plans to introduce these cars in 2019 to reduce the CO2 emission and improve the mileage of the car.
As per reports, Hyundai Motor Group is working on three types of solar roof charging systems and the system will be incorporated into certain cars of Kia & Hyundai family.
The first-generation system will be specifically designed for hybrid vehicles and it will be comprised of silicon solar panels that will be installed into the roof panels. Reportedly, this system is capable of charging 30 to 60% of the battery during a normal day, but still, the efficiency depends on weather conditions and other environmental factors. The second-generation technology will be developed for ICE vehicles. The third generation of the technology will incorporate a lightweight solar roof panel for battery electric vehicles. These systems will have three components; a solar panel, a controller and a battery.
The developer of the technology Jeong-Gil Park said, “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.”