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If electric cars are bad for the oil industry, solar-powered electric are bad for utility executives. Take the Solar Energi Concept Ford unveiled today. The of the automaker s popular plug-in hybrid hatchback is equipped 1.5 square meters (16 square of photovoltaic panels that the vehicle s lithium-ion battery

No fossil fuel power needed.

The panels, made by Valley solar manufacturer however, don t generate enough to fully charge the C-Max s within a day. So the Georgia of Technology developed a solar featuring a roof made of lenses that concentrate the sun on the to boost power production. A parks the C-Max under the and during the day the car autonomously moves feet to track the sun to maximize generation. Ford estimates it take six to seven hours to charge the battery, which has a of 21 miles. (The car has a gasoline-powered that kicks in when the is drained.)

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It could be for the home, corporate or developing countries where is no grid, Mike Tinskey, s director of global vehicle and infrastructure, told Quartz.

says Ford will 2014 testing the concept to that it could work in production. So far Ford has built a C-Max solar hybrid and charged the car with Fresnel

Still, the advent of a solar electric car is the latest sign the convergence of battery technology and is threatening the century-old business of the electric utility industry. Valley solar installer for instance, is offering some lithium-ion battery packs by Tesla Motors to store generated by their solar That lets homeowners tap electricity at night or when rates are high.

Last SolarCity began offering battery packs to retailers and businesses that want to the plug on their local when power rates Another Silicon Valley Stem, offers a similar albeit without the solar .

And owners of Tesla s Model S sports sedan can top off their at solar-powered fast chargers the company is installing on highways the US. The high-end model boasts an lithium-ion battery pack stores nearly 20 times the of the typical home solar In the near future, homeowners be able to tap that energy to their homes during outages or instead of relying on the


Tinskey notes that the sun fuel about 75% of the daily typically made by a Ford driver. In our mind, this is we think is going to be a really thing for the next generation of electric hybrids, he says.

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