In Australia, where cars are often parked outdoors in the sun, they could now be generating electricity and recharging battery power.
Indeed, on a sunny summer day Hyundai says a plug-in hybrid can regenerate up to 60 per cent battery charge and about 30 per cent in winter.
The passive recharging technology could be effective for Australian customers whose cars are parked outside. Hyundai Australia’s PR general manager says adding this feature “makes sense here in Australia given the amount of sunlight we have.”
Having a solar panel option for its cars is a logical next-step as Hyundai wants to be seen as a innovator and apart of the eco vehicle game.
Three different types of solar roof charging systems are being developed and tested by Hyundai and Kia. The first-generation is silicon-based, while the second-generation is ‘semi-transparent’ that would work with glass sunroofs.
The third-generation has been dubbed a ‘lightweight solar-lid’ that would cover the roof and bonnet. All three systems comprise solar panels, a battery and a control module.
Hyundai promises to launch the solar roof recharge technology to the market in 2019 and may release more information, such as emissions reductions, at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show or CES.
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