Hyundai and Kia to introduce photo voltaic roof charging system

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Hyundai Motor Group is creating photo voltaic roof know-how
Korean agency is creating three totally different photo voltaic charging methods, for electrical, hybrid and combustion-engined automobiles

Hyundai and Kia will introduce photo voltaic charging panels on chosen fashions from 2019 onwards – together with some with inside combustion engines.

The Hyundai Motor Group is presently creating three several types of photo voltaic roof, for automobiles with hybrid, full electrical and inside combustion engine (ICE) powertrains respectively. Whereas photo voltaic charging panels have been fitted to autos beforehand, together with on the Toyota Prius Plug-in, that is believed to be the primary time the know-how shall be utilized to an ICE-only automobile.

The primary sort, because of arrive subsequent 12 months, is for hybrids. It is able to charging 30-60% of the battery throughout a day, relying on the climate. The car can then use that vitality to scale back engine utilization, thus growing gas economic system and slicing CO2 emissions. 

The second is designed for ICE-only autos and includes a semi-transparent photo voltaic roof that costs the car’s battery. That shall be adopted by a 3rd system for totally electrical autos, which can characteristic photo voltaic panels on each the roof and bonnet to maximise vitality output.

All three varieties will use silicon photo voltaic panels that may generate as much as 100W of electrical energy, which is then fed via a controller to extend effectivity earlier than being despatched to a battery.

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It hasn’t but been confirmed which Hyundai and Kia autos will characteristic the know-how first or when it is prone to turn out to be obtainable within the UK.

Jeong-gil Park, Hyundai Motor Group’s engineering boss, mentioned the panels have been the primary of “many several types of electricity-generating applied sciences” that might be built-in into the agency’s autos. 

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