Hyundai and sibling Kia’s future vehicles will be built using electrified drivetrains will start coming with solar roof or hood panels capable of helping charge their batteries. The technology is expected to extend range, reduce emissions.
“In the future, various types of electricity-generating technologies, including the solar charging system, will be connected to vehicles,” said Jeong-Gil Park, executive vice president of engineering design at Hyundai Motor Group. “This will enable them to develop from a passive device that consumes energy to a solution that actively generates energy. The paradigm of the vehicle owner will shift from that of a consumer to an energy prosumer.”
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