Hyundai launches hybrid with solar roof – but UK to miss out
7th Aug 2019 Danny Morgan
Hyundai Motor is launching the first production car with a solar roof charging system, but the ground-breaking tech will not make it to Europe.
Hyundai Motor’s solar roof charging system makes its debut on the New Sonata Hybrid. The system supports the vehicle’s electric power source, improving fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions.
“Solar roof technology is a good example of how Hyundai Motor is moving towards becoming a clean mobility provider. The technology allows our customers to actively tackle emissions issue,” says Heui Won Yang, Senior Vice President and head of Body Tech Unit of Hyundai Motor Group.
“We are striving to further expand the application of the technology beyond eco-friendly vehicle line up to vehicles with internal combustion engine.”
The solar roof system includes a structure of silicon solar panels that are mounted on the car’s roof. Being able to charge even while driving, the solar roof system can charge 30 to 60 per cent of the battery per day with 6 hours of daily charging, it is expected to increase drivers’ travel distance by an extra 1,300 km annually.
The New Sonata Hybrid is equipped with the world’s first Active Shift Control (ASC) technology and solar roof charging system. It boasts a hybrid-exclusive design with enhanced dynamic elements, as well as a Smartstream G2.0 GDi HEV engine and 6-speed hybrid transmission. Hyundai’s new model also supports a ‘Digital Key’ function via a dedicated smartphone app.
The New Sonata is now on sale in Korea and will soon be sold in North America, however Hyundai currently has no plans to expand sales of this model to the European market.