The South Korean automobile giant, Hyundai Motor has announced its plan to introduce three kinds of solar roof charging technology for their hybrid, full electric and internal combustion engine (ICE) from 2019.
In an announcement on Wednesday, Hyundai Motor revealed its decision to introduce the solar charging technology on some selected models. It will be the eco-friendly solar charging system using solar panels fitted on the roof or the hood with its overall targets of enhancing the mileage, supporting the main powertrain and lessening the carbon footprint. That is the first ever technology which is incorporated into the internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to improve fuel efficiency.
The solar charging roofs are currently developed and projected to come mass-manufactured
The three types of solar charging systems developed by Hyundai are the first-gen silicon solar roof system, the second-gen translucent solar roof system, the third-gen lightweight solar-lid system consolidated into the body. In specifically, the first-gen silicon solar roof is applied to the hybrid. It is estimated to charge 30-60 per cent of the battery per day relying on the weather and the environmental conditions.
The solar charging technology can charge 30-60% of the battery for the Hybrid
The second-gen translucent solar roof system will turn over a new leaf for the internal combustion engine vehicles. It will be equipped with the semi-transparent panel options which can feature the opening-closing system. It could be applied to a panoramic sunroof and keep the transparency simultaneously as charging an electric battery or additional battery mounted on an ICE vehicle. This technology will make a great contribution to the car exports thanks to its adherence to the universal environmental laws of Co2 emissions.
The advanced technology is even developed in ICE vehicles
The third generation lightweight solar-lid system is currently in process for applying to environmentally-friendly vehicles. It will get a solar panel mounted to both the roof and the bonnet to boost the energy output to maximum volume. The solar charging panel could be of help sourcing its output up to 100Wh of energy (in an ideal condition). The controller also comes with Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) to regulate the current and voltage aiming to enhance the electricity efficiency obtained from the solar charging system.
A number of Hyundai cars will be applied to the solar charging system and projected to launch from 2019
Commenting on its future plan, Mr Jeong-Gil Park, Technology Developer, Executive Vice-President of the Engineering and Design Division of Hyundai Motor Group said,
“In the future, various types of electricity generating technologies, including the solar charging system, will be connected to vehicles. This will enable them to develop from a passive device that consumes energy to a solution that actively generates energy. The paradigm of the vehicle owner will shift from that of a consumer to an energy prosumer.”
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The first gen of this technology is likely to officially launch from 2019 to fulfil the global regulations targets and strengthen the vehicle fuel efficiency.