The car is to arrive on the market within the next days.


Car manufacturers are constantly looking for solutions to further increase the range of electrified cars, which with most of them are already reaching figures that provide daily usefulness. One of the better solutions is to install solar panels in the roof of cars, however this is rarely used. Firstly, it was used by the American boutique manufacturer of electric cars, Karma, but today it is also used at Toyota Prius. But the Japanese automobile manufacturer is about to get some competition from South Korea.

Hyundai also reports that they will start to install this type of system into their electric or hybrid cars, the first of which will be the hybrid version of the new generation of Sonata. Hyundai will launch it on the market in these very days, emphasising that, by using solar cells on the roof, they will improve the electrical autonomy of the vehicle between 30% and 60% while, of course, reducing CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.

Europe is not on the map

“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” says, Heui Won Yang, Senior Vice President and head of Body Tech Unit of Hyundai Motor Group. “We are striving to further expand the application of the technology beyond eco-friendly vehicle line up to vehicles with internal combustion engine.”

Hyundai is also stressing out that thanks to thosepanels, battery pack can be charged also when driving and if the vehicle is exposed to the sun on average foer six hours per day, it  can provide an additional 1.300 kilometers of driving on electricity. Besides, the new Sonata will be equipped with a smart app for mobile phones to replace smart keys. The only downside is that Hyundai does not intend to offer a newcomer in Europe at least yet.

Aug. 7, 2019 Driving photo: Hyundai

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