Hyundai introduces vehicle with solar roof charging system

With the launch of the latest edition Sonata hybrid, Hyundai has introduced their first vehicle with a built-in solar roof charging system.

The ground-breaking technology will be available exclusively with the new release Sonata hybrid at this stage, with Hyundai planning to roll out the technology to other models in the coming years.

Hyundai estimates that the solar panels will be able to provide 30-60% of the battery during the day (6 hours of charging per day). The panels will also be able to function whilst the car is driving, allowing you to charge the battery as you go.

The additional power being supplied to the car will also result in increased fuel efficiency and driving range.

The introduction of a solar panel is just the latest example of innovation coming from Hyundai, who have been instrumental in the advancement of renewable resource technology for vehicles. Implementing the technology into the Sonata model also represents the first time Hyundai has used this technology on an internal combustion-engine vehicle, according to Heui Won Yang, Senior Vice-President and Head of Body Tech Unit at Hyundai Motor Group.

“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,” said Yang.

The solar roof charging system isn’t the only new feature coming in the Sonata hybrid. The model will also boast the world’s first Active Shift Control (ASC) technology, and supports a digital key function via a dedicated smartphone app.

The new Sonata hybrid is currently available for purchase in Korea, and soon to be released in North America.

Original source: Hyundai | Hyundai launches first car with solar roof charging system.

7 Aug 2019