Hyundai and Kia will be equipped with solar panelsNovember 1, 2018
Starting next year, the Hyundai Motor Group will begin to massively equip its models with solar panels. With their help, the company wants to achieve the best environmental performance.
Manufacturers of premium and simply expensive cars have long been building solar panels into sliding hatches – “free” electricity allows, for example, to ventilate and cool the cabin while the car is parked. Solar batteries are rare in the mass car segment, but the Hyundai Motor Group promises to make them common: in the next, panoramic roofs with a built-in solar battery will be included in the equipment of Hyundai and Kia hybrid cars, and later with solar panels will provide models with internal combustion engines and electric power plants, the latter will receive the most advanced systems: solar panels will be built not only in the roof, but also in the hood.
Solar panels needed the Koreans as a way to further reduce the amount of harmful emissions into the atmosphere. In many countries, including South Korea itself, the authorities systematically deplete the environmental strangulation and force manufacturers to go for additional costs in order to reduce emissions of CO2, nitrogen oxides and other substances that poison nature and man. For this, someone supplies their cars with low-voltage hybrid mats (for example, VW, Daimler, Renault-Nissan, Suzuki), and Hyundai decided to bet on solar panels.
Now Koreans are developing a technology for mass production of solar panels, which allows them to reduce their cost. It will be years, and ordinary Hyundai Solaris and Kia Rio will save fuel using solar energy, but the first solar panels will still get quite expensive hybrid models. According to the calculations of the developers, on a clear summer day, traction batteries of hybrids can be charged by 30-60% per day only due to natural light. As for traditional models with internal combustion engines, solar energy will allow them to reduce the load on the generator, and the fuel consumption in this way will be at least slightly reduced. And in electric cars, solar panels will provide an additional several dozen kilometers of power reserve.