Hyundai and Kia will begin installing solar panels on rooftops and car hoods
Hyundai and Kia announced that from 2019 will start to place solar panels on the roofs and bonnets of different classes of produced cars.
The idea of installing photovoltaic converters on vehicles is not new, but before it was not implemented on such a wide scale. Both car makers decided to split the introduction of technology into three phases, each of which involves placing solar cells on different types of cars.
In 2019 will start first. It provides for the installation of solar panels on the roofs of hybrids. The company claim that such a panel can throughout the day add from 30 to 60% of battery capacity, depending on weather conditions.
In the second stage of this power system will appear in vehicles with internal combustion engine. Although this type is not characterized by such Supplement, but manufacturers say that the technology will allow them to meet future emission standards. Maybe they will install them with the sunroof, leaving the light to penetrate inside the cabin. It is still unknown whether a car equipped with more powerful batteries or solar cells will be replacing the generator.
The third phase of the Hyundai and Kia decided to leave for last. It provides for the installation of solar panels on the entire surface of the roof and hood of cars. This will enable electric to use the entire area to replenish energy, increase the length of trips and reduce dependence on stationary charging points.
Automakers just announced the launch of the first generation car next year, but regarding the second and third did not name even approximate terms. If this technology is effective, it will apply not only to Hyundai and Kia.
For 2019 it is also planned to market a flying motorcycle Hoverbike S3, which is capable of speeds up to 96 km/h.