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Hyundai launches car with a solar roof

Hyundai Motor Company has launched its first ever car with a solar roof charging system. The company said in an announcement on Friday that the technology would be used on the recent version of its Sonata Hybrid and then introduced to other vehicles in the coming years.

The silicon solar panels which are attached to the car’s roof, can charge while the vehicle is moving. According to Hyundai, the solar roof will effectively increase fuel efficiency, and reduce emissions of carbon dioxide supporting the car’s electric source.

Hyundai added that using solar technology, 30% to 60% of the car’s battery could be charged. The car could improve travel distances by 1,300 kilometers per year with only six hours of charge each day.

Heui Won Yang, head of the Body Tech Unit of the Hyundai Motor Group, said in a statement that the technology enabled its clients to “actively tackle” emission issues, adding that the company hoped to expand the technology to vehicles with traditional internal combustion engines.

Currently the car is being sold in South Korea with further plans of being released in North America. As of now, there are no plans to release the car in the European market.


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