As Hyundai Motor continues to produce eco-friendly electrified vehicles, the Korean car manufacturer will be launching its first solar roof charging system in new Sonata Hybrid.
The new solar roof charging system supports the vehicle’s electric power source, improving fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions. It was also said that this kind of charging system will soon be available across Hyundai’s vehicle range to make it as a smart solution towards a more sustainable future.
The solar roof system includes a structure of silicon solar panels that are mounted on the car’s roof. Being able to charge even while driving, the solar roof system can charge 30 to 60 percent of the battery per day with 6 hours of daily charging, it is expected to increase drivers’ travel distance by an extra 1,300 km annually.
Composed of a solar panel and a controller, the system’s electricity is produced when solar energy activates the solar panel’s surface, which converts this energy by using photons of light from the sun. This creates the electron-hole pairs in silicon cells, which generate solar electricity.
The electricity from this process is converted to the standard voltage by the controller, then stored in the battery. Hyundai Motor took not only efficiency but also design into account while developing the solar charging system.
While the solar roof system currently plays a supporting role, it opens up perspectives for vehicles that no longer need fossil fuel to operate.