Ford patented a folding solar dome for charging an electric carMay 20, 2020
Inventors do not stop dreaming about electric vehicles powered by solar energy. Ford has patented a device that, at the push of a button, covers a parked car with a cocoon of solar panels.
More than six years have passed since Ford introduced the C-Max Solar Energi concept car. In 2014, at CES, the company showed a device that is mounted on the roof of a car, monitors the position of the sun in the sky, and uses solar energy concentrated using a Fresnel lens to charge this plug-in hybrid. The power of the system was, according to Ford, 8 kW.
However, the problem was that the surface of the car was too small to install enough photocells. But Ford engineers seem to have found a solution to this problem, says Electrek.
On the roof of an electric vehicle, a strange structure is mounted, consisting of matter covered with flexible thin solar cells. The control gear is hidden under the front bumper or in the trunk. By pressing a button, you can start a pump that runs on stored solar energy. Under the influence of air, a fabric with shape memory covers the car completely.
As with any patent, it is impossible to know in advance whether it will be implemented.
Something similar was shown last month by French developers. Armor, the manufacturer of solar cells, has created a retractable solar cover for cars – something like a cover with applied solar cells, which protects the car and replenishes the energy reserve at the same time.
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