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Hyundai launches hybrid vehicle with solar panels

The solar roof charging system provides electric power as the vehicle is driving, contributing between 30 and 60% of battery charge per day

Korean automotive manufacturer Hyundai has announced the launch of its first car to feature solar panels.

The solar roof charging system provides electric power as the vehicle is driving, contributing between 30 and 60% of battery charge per day. Charged for six hours per day, the technology was expected to provide a further 1,300km of distance annually.

Integrated with Hyundai’s New Sonata Hybrid, the system is said to support the main electric power source for improved efficiency and reduced emissions.

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“Solar roof technology is a good example of how Hyundai Motor is moving towards becoming a clean mobility provider,” said Heui Won Yang, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai’s Body Tech Unit. “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.”

Hyundai plans to integrate the technology in other vehicles in the future, with the future possibility of inclusion in all-electric vehicles.