Hyundai and Kia to launch solar vehicles on roof and hood in 2019

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Hyundai and Kia announced that they will begin placing solar panels on the roofs and hoods of various classes of cars from 2019..

The idea of ​​installing photovoltaic converters on vehicles is not new, but it has not been implemented on such a huge scale before. Both automakers decided to divide the implementation of the technology into three stages, each of which involves the placement of photocells on different types of cars..

The first will start in 2019. It provides for the installation of solar panels on the roofs of the hybrids. The companies claim that such a panel will be able to add 30 to 60% of the battery capacity throughout the day, depending on the weather conditions..

At the second stage, similar power systems will appear on vehicles with an internal combustion engine. While this type does not have such additions, manufacturers say the technology will enable them to meet future emission standards. Perhaps they will install them on the panoramic roof, leaving the light to penetrate into the interior. It is not yet known whether the car will be equipped with more powerful batteries or photocells will replace the generator..

Hyundai and Kia to launch solar roof and bonnet cars in 2019

Hyundai and Kia decided to leave the third stage for the last time. It provides for the installation of solar panels on the entire roof and hood of electric vehicles.. This will allow electric cars use the entire area to replenish energy, increase the duration of trips and reduce dependence on stationary charging points.

Automakers have announced only the launch of the first generation of cars in next year, but even the approximate dates were not named regarding the second and third. If this technology is effective, then it will be applied not only by Hyundai and Kia..

The Hoverbike S3 flying motorcycle is also slated for 2019., who is capable develop speeds up to 96 km / h.

text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Kia