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Ford’s new concept car runs on sun

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claims its new hybrid vehicle, features a solar panel with sun-tracking technology, a significant improvement in solar efficiency.

Ford has unveiled a new car that can run on solar power The C-MAX Solar Energi which made its first appearance at the 2014 Consumer Show in Las Vegas, features a solar panel on its roof. claim the car offers the benefits of a hybrid without depending on the electric grid for fuel.

Other companies have solar powered cars in the However, these have to harness the sun’s rays for requirements such as air conditioning; the surface area available on a roof doesn’t allow for panels that can quickly a vehicle’s entire battery.

To this problem, Ford’s includes a stand-alone concentrator. It like a giant magnifying focussing the sun’s rays the solar panels and enabling to harness eight times energy. A day under the concentrator the same charge as four of mains connectivity.

When parked, the car can even backwards and forwards automatically to the solar panels are well-positioned the concentrating lens.

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The C-Max Energi has a maximum range of 620 the same as the grid-charged C-MAX model that the solar is based on including up to 21 electric-only which Ford claims “power up to 75% of all trips made by an driver in a solar hybrid Also, like its predecessor, the will sport a standard port, allowing drivers to top up the batteries directly from the grid.

The annual reduction in greenhouse gas through use of the solar-charging feature equal around four tons, according to Ford, is equivalent to the emissions produced by an US household over four What is still unclear, is how practical the stand-alone charge will be, especially as it requires a footprint larger than the alone. Hopefully these will be addressed when begins real-world testing of the

Thomas Bräunl, an electromobility from the University of Western also has reservations about the and remains sceptical about its given the limited information to date. “According to Ford, the car can do 21 miles electrically in the first this makes the car more of a hybrid than a real hybrid electric vehicle.” he adds, Ford’s claim to developed an eight-fold improvement in panel efficiency would if “revolutionise electric vehicles and the solar photovoltaic industry”. Ian

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