This Ford C-Max has a solar roof
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Solar energy in the car is on the rise. Ford is now bringing a study of the C-Max with solar cells on the roof.
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In the best case, the energy gained in one day corresponds to a four-hour battery charging time.
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According to Ford, the range of the plug-in hybrid is 620 miles…
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… You can get around 21 miles of this using purely electric power.
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Ford C-Max Solar
Ford shows a study of the C-Max with a solar roof. It converts solar power into so much drive energy that the average driver of a plug-in hybrid no longer needs to be plugged in – almost.
B.The development of solar roofs for cars has long stalled, but now it is picking up speed. The German supplier Webasto recently presented its latest product, which car manufacturers can count towards the CO2 fleet average as a so-called eco-innovation. The engine is relieved by solar energy, which is converted into electricity, for example to supply the alternator. And that lowers fuel consumption.
Ford has a primarily different concern in a trade fair study that the manufacturer from Dearborn is showing from January 7th to 10th at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas. With solar technology, the carmaker wants to make the version of the C-Max as a plug-in hybrid largely independent of charging stations, even in purely electric operation.
For this purpose, the manufacturer has equipped the compact van with solar technology. The name of the C-Max Solar Energi Concept reveals which trick the study uses: Using solar modules, it converts solar energy into electrical power, which, according to Ford, provides enough energy for 75 percent of the distances that an average driver of a plug-in hybrid covers. How exactly this is meant and which ranges or driving profiles are based on the calculation, Ford did not disclose.
Just this much: If the sun shines all day, the solar roof, which comes from the specialist SunPower, provides as much power for the drive battery as a four-hour charge via a conventional socket, according to Ford.
The solar modules in the concept van have a very high energy yield because they also bundle the sun’s rays, according to Ford. A special lens is used that increases the effect of sunlight by a factor of eight.
After the premiere at the electronics fair, Ford wants to test the suitability for everyday use under realistic conditions – a series version is far from being ready for a decision.
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