Ford CMax Solar Energi Concept Car Coming To CES 2014 (VIDEO) CleanTechnica

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Ford C-Max Solar Concept Car Coming To CES 2014

Ford has just announced C-Max Solar Energi The day after Christmas, I had the chance to with Mike Tinskey, Ford s director of vehicle electrification and infrastructure, about the concept car and electric vehicle matters. are a number of details about C-Max Solar Energi that you won t find anywhere as well as some other electric vehicle matters.

To start with, yes, the you d get from the name (Ford C-Max Energi Concept) is correct is a concept plug-in electric car includes solar cells. In it includes SunPower s X21 cells on 1.5 square meters, for a capacity of 300-350 watts. But s not all.

The car also includes a concentrator and sun-tracking technology together allow for more generation from the highly X21 solar cells. Similar in to a magnifying glass, the patent-pending tracks the sun as it moves from to west, drawing enough from the sun through the concentrator day to equal a four-hour battery (8 kWh), Ford writes.

The is a concept vehicle that a day’s worth of sunlight to the same performance as the conventional Energi plug-in hybrid, draws its power from the grid. The C-MAX Energi a combined best MPGe in its with EPA-estimated 108 city/92 combined MPGe. By using power, the C-MAX Solar Concept is estimated to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) a typical owner by four tons.

Here s perhaps the most statistic Ford released: Ford data suggests the sun power up to 75 percent of all trips by an average driver in a solar vehicle. That s quite

I asked Mike where the for this solar concept car from. He first noted the partnership Ford and SunPower had (which we ve covered for years), together on programs like Drive For Life and MyEnergi Lifestyle. news came out about s record-efficient X-Series.

Ford started to think that technology was getting to a place it could possibly soon be into cars. But the efficiency for use was still way to low.

However, a partnership with the Georgia of Technology gave another strong This long relationship up leading Ford to some at Georgia Tech who were on concentrating solar technology.

But the real kicker, as I think put it, was the ability to autonomously move the underneath the battery, in order to the sun. Pretty cool idea. The infrastructure, being developed by Tech, is actually quite and cheap largely acrylic

I asked about overall for such a vehicle, of course, that is what really The idea of solar panels in has been brought up many One of the key points skeptics/critics bring up is cars are often shaded, and it to make much more to simply put solar panels on roof or a carport in order to get power for your car. there s a much greater of the solar technology being in a car than on a house.) Unfortunately, Mike that the C-Max Solar Concept was really too early in the phase for them to have any on price.

I also asked if perhaps had any far-off target in mind for actually bringing a car to market 2017? 2018?

this concept is far too nascent for like that, Mike It s just a concept at this and it may never make it to market. But was still quite enthusiastic the possibility.

With the more efficient the concentrator boost, and the ability of the car move, this could be a point where solar-EV actually comes to commercial that s the message that was promoted.

With a full the C-MAX Solar Energi is estimated to have the same range as a conventional C-MAX of up to 620 miles, including up to 21 electric-only Ford notes. (It is pretty that we ve even gotten to point.)

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Nonetheless, I can t help but get the that this is simply a fun experiment that won t get far beyond the PR Call me a cynic. (I m actually not the type, but I have a hard seeing solar-EVs becoming with conventional rooftop + EVs.) However, there may be some markets where type of vehicle makes This could be especially in places where the electric is underdeveloped, unreliable and expensive, wrote in the press release moments ago. After Solar Energi Concept is at CES, Ford and Georgia will begin testing the in numerous real-world scenarios. The of those tests will be at a later date to help if the concept is feasible as a production

Other EV Matters

I also the valuable time with to ask about some other EV For example, I asked whether or not had any plans for long-range battery-electric (100% electric vehicles) with 150 miles or 200 miles of for example. This is a target GM has very vocal about, and s obvious focus.


Mike t have anything specific to regarding long-range EV plans. He Ford s policy of not discussing vehicles, and he noted that were keeping a close eye on the of EVs core technology the batteries are improving but are not yet at the level where a battery-electric vehicle can be sold for a affordable price. (The S which isn t just long-range but has perhaps the best performance of any car on the market sells for $71,070 the $7,500 federal tax credit; the X can be preordered for $60,000; the BMW i3 is about to hit the at $41,350.)

I also asked about the that Ford might be into developing an electric truck. Again, Mike that it really comes to a business equation (natch). We battery prices to come in order to make some of heavier/larger vehicles electric in a way.

Of course, I wasn t anything was around the corner on but was just looking to get a sense for how is thinking about this. The I got here again was basically that Ford is watching is happening with battery and waiting to work on any major new (Of course, that last bit t really match well Ford s rather radical Ford Solar Energi Concept .)

The truck idea isn t new, and my was driven by the reader interest I ve in this. Ford s take on option seems to be the norm. Bob Lutz (the key figure the Chevy Volt) recently in an op-ed that GM should started its plug-in vehicle with a plug-in electric

So, the conventional wisdom on this might be changing .

One last thing I ll note is Ford seems to have a focus on the development of EV infrastructure . As I m you noticed in the title at the top, is the global director of Ford electrification and vehicle infrastructure I m going to dig into what is doing on the EV infrastructure side of in a coming post. I also a short post coming on s response to Big Auto criticism co-founder Marc Tarpenning . Stay

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