New Year brings new hybrid car from Ford
A partnership between SunPower Corp., the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Ford, is responsible for the creation of a new solar-power vehicle. The car functions with the help of a solar panel system and a special concentrator technology used as a charger.
With its rooftop solar panel system, the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept car does not have to rely on the electric grid for its battery power.
Ford breaks all the rules of conventional driving and brings into the open the one of a kind C-MAX Solar Energi Concept. The car is the result of a partnership between Ford, San Jose, California-based SunPower Corp. and the Atlanta-based Georgia Institute of Technology.
The C-MAX Solar Energi charges the battery using a special concentrator that acts as a magnifying glass, conducting intense rays to solar panels on the vehicle’s roof.
Ford’s solar technology partner, SunPower, is supplying high-efficiency solar cells for the roof of C-MAX Solar Energi Concept. But that is not the end of the process. As the time it takes to absorb enough energy for the vehicle to function, Ford asked for the help of Georgia Institute of Technology that helped amplify the sunlight so that the car can be used every day.
The solar panel system on the roof transforms the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept into one independent from the electric grid for its battery power. Ford announced that the system can help an ordinary driver make 75% of its trips green. “This could be especially important in places where the electric grid is underdeveloped, unreliable or expensive to use,” says the company.
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