Hyundai launches solar roof charging to increase the efficiency of their cars, but only, for now, on the Hyundai Sonata in Korea and North America.
The idea of sticking solar panels on the roof of a car to generate some passive charge for batteries isn’t new – the Toyota Prius, for example, offers the option – but its is a new move for Hyundai.
Announced last year, Hyundai has now launched solar panels on the roof to help charge batteries, with the Hyundai Sonata the first to offer the option, but it will only be available in Korea and North America (and, as the Sonata isn’t sold in the UK, it won’t be coming here) although Hyundai say they will be rolling the option out to other models in the future.
The solar roof system comprises a solar panel and controller which converts the sunlight hitting the roof in to energy which is then stored in the car’s battery.
Hyundai claim that the solar roof can charge 30 to 60 per cent of the battery per day if it gets six hours of sunshine, which does seem rather a lot, especially when Toyota’s solar roof is said to add to a maximum of three miles a day of range.
Heui Won Yang, Hyundai Senior VP, said:
Solar roof technology is a good example of how Hyundai Motor is moving towards becoming a clean mobility provider. The technology allows our customers to actively tackle emissions issue.
We are striving to further expand the application of the technology beyond eco-friendly vehicle line up to vehicles with internal combustion engine.
Every little helps, but the game-changer will be a car with all its body panels able to create electricity from sunlight.