Solar Powered Cars- the New Era of Power
posted on Jan 10 2014 by Jade Hensby
Ford has unveiled plans for a prototype solar-powered hybrid car. The Ford C-Max Solar ENERGI Concept has a solar panel system on the roof which tracks the position of the sun. The company said it can draw power equal to a four-hour battery charge.
Fully charged, the car could potentially travel for up to 21 miles powered just on electricity. The concept car will be on display at CES in Las Vegas before testing begins to see if production is feasible. The solar panel roof will use a separate off-vehicle solar concentrator lens, similar to a magnifying glass, to ensure it absorbs enough energy to be used to drive the vehicle. The Fresnel lenses will follow the movement of the sun from east to west and direct sunlight to the solar cells, which project researchers say boosts the impact of sunlight by a factor of eight.
Ford has claimed that a day’s worth of sunlight will produce the same performance from the Solar Energi Concept as is given by their conventional plug-in hybrid car. Both the vehicles would have the same range of 620 miles. The concept car will still have the conventional electrical charging socket so its charge can be topped up from the power grid.
Another car manufacturer that has been reported to be unveiling a new technology is Audi. They will be showcasing cars which use the Android operating system, which is normally found on smart phones and tablets. This will be unveiled at the Consumer Electrics Show (CES) which starts January 7, 2014.