Hyundai and Kia are the newest automakers to announce plans to supply photo voltaic panel roofs on their vehicles.
The Korean corporations on Wednesday mentioned photo voltaic roofs, some with a translucent design, will begin being made out there from 2019, with out mentioning particular markets and automobiles.
Audi introduced plans to supply photo voltaic roofs a 12 months in the past, and naturally Karma (previously Fisker) already affords them on its Revero sedan.
Hyundai and Kia mentioned the photo voltaic roofs shall be used to cost automobile batteries and can initially be fitted to hybrids and even vehicles with standard powertrains. Within the latter, the generated energy can be utilized to energy ancillaries just like the air conditioner or seat heaters, thus saving that little bit of additional power to enhance the general effectivity.
There are at present three techniques in improvement. The primary is a traditional silicon-based photo voltaic roof that shall be fitted to hybrids and mentioned to be able to charging the battery between 30 and 60 % of capability inside a day, relying on the extent of daylight.
A extra superior design with a translucent look will comply with and initially be used on vehicles with standard powertrains. The semi-transparent photo voltaic panels are utilized to a panoramic sunroof, permitting the roof to generate power whereas nonetheless letting mild into the cabin. And finally Hyundai and Kia will introduce light-weight photo voltaic panels that can be utilized for the hood or trunk lid of a automobile.