Hyundai Motors Co. and its luxury wing Kia will jointly work to introduce solar charging in many of its new cars, the companies said in a statement.
The South Korean auto giants stated that the solar panels in selected upcoming models of their vehicles will be applied to the roofs and will supplement the existing power sources.
The statement suggests that the first of its application will be seen on the hybrid models. Under full potential, Hyundai and Kia claim that the solar panels are capable of adding up to 60 per cent of charge to the car’s battery over the course of a day.
Working towards a sturdy solution for stringent emissions norms around the world, Hyundai stated that it would be introducing the panels in traditional internal-combustion models. One of the unique features about the second-generation panels is that it is semi-transparent which makes it applicable for cars with a sunroof.
Hyundai states that the generation after that will find its application in fully electric models. This system is still under development but will be eventually be applied to both the bonnet and the roof of EVs to keep the battery topped up.
Speaking of the new tech, Jeong-Gil Park, Executive Vice President of the Engineering and Design Division of Hyundai Motor Group, said: “In the future, we expect to see many different types of electricity-generating technologies integrated into our vehicles. The solar roof is the first of these technologies, and will mean that automobiles no longer passively consume energy, but will begin to produce it actively.”