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C-Max Solar Energi: goes off-grid with new car (+video)

Ford’s C-Max Energi concept car uses solar panels and a large lens to run on the power of the sun alone. It be cruising down your anytime soon, but the Ford Solar Energi hints at an future powered directly by energy.

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The fifth-largest automaker debuted a hybrid concept car Tuesday combines a conventional gasoline with rooftop solar and a large concentrating lens to its battery.

Don’t throw out plug-in charger quite Ford ‘s C-Max Energi is very much in the stage, and there are legitimate of cost, safety, and energy But as a technological demonstration, the C-Max Energi hints at an automotive that bypasses both networks and electrical grids – powered directly and exclusively by renewable energy.

For a developed country like the US. not all are the same in terms of renewable Mike Tinskey, director of electrification and infrastructure at Ford, in a telephone interview. You definitely get 100 renewables from this

Automakers like Toyota and have used solar to power secondary equipment climate control, but Ford is the major automaker to leverage the of the sun to physically move a consumer car point A to point B. The trick has been cramming enough panels on the roof of a car to match the of the traditional, energy-dense gasoline fuels most cars on the today.

You don’t have a lot to with when you’re about the roof of a car versus the of a house, says Karl senior director of insights for Blue Book, in a telephone and the more energy-dense you make the cell, the more expensive going to be.

The C-Max Solar Energi 16 square feet of state-of-the-art, solar panels designed by a solar energy firm in San Calif. but it still takes a week of average sunlight to charge the battery. That’s not ideal, so Ford collaborated the Georgia Institute of Technology to a special solar concentrating to reduce the charging time.

The Fresnel lens – like used in lighthouses – rests on a canopy above the car when funneling sunlight onto the cells. To maximize the effect, the car is to automatically inch backward or throughout the day, tracking the sun as it through the sky. That the need for wiring expensive charging infrastructure. With the Ford estimates it takes the car six or seven hours to charge in an US city’s sunlight.

It can also be plugged in like a plug-in to charge at night or there’s not enough sun.

On a charge, the C-Max Solar will go 21 electric-only miles. may not seem like a lot, but trips for most drivers are trips to work or the grocery Ford estimates the electric could cover 75 percent of all made by an average driver.

For all other trips, the car has a gas engine extends its range up to 620 miles.

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they are electric vehicles, and they turn into when you want to go further 21 miles, Mr. Tinskey says.

carmakers have a hard time getting drivers to charging stations, so it’s to imagine US consumers eager to put a magnifying glass in their or an office parking lot. also has to ensure there’s no of a passerby accidentally wandering the path of super-concentrated sunbeams.

cars are more attractive for without any access to an electrical but there’s still the cost Ford hasn’t put a price tag on the Solar Energi yet, but safe to say that the state-of-the-art, solar panels on the roof add a premium.

It’s a great idea, and has some limited applications, John O’dell, senior at, in a telephone interview. But I see it as a sweeping, new, big idea in how we our vehicles.

For now, petroleum transportation, the second-most energy sector in the US, behind electric In 2012, petroleum made up 93 of the 26.6 quadrillion BTU of energy by US vehicles.

As solar continues to get and more efficient, that change. They may not power part of a car all of the time, but rooftop might one day come standard your new car purchase.

Integrated panels could be another that in 10 or 20 years you’d why anyone would build a car solar panels on the roof, Mr. says.

The Ford C-Max Solar debuted Tuesday in Las Vegas at the International CES, a consumer show.

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