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this hyundai sonata draws power from the sun just like superman

This Hyundai Sonata draws power from the sun just like Superman

Not only for houses, this Korean car now has a solar panel roof as well

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Christopher Ng

7 Aug 2019

When you sit down and think about it, having a solar roof to charge a car makes a lot of sense. Nissan has done it with the Leaf (albeit a small panel), Toyota did the same with the Prius and Audi also have an A8 with an optional solar sunroof. Now, Hyundai has replaced the entire roof of the Sonata Hybrid with a solar roof charging system. 

The roof of the Sonata Hybrid now includes a structure of silicon solar panels that will juice up the car while it is on the move. Hyundai claims that the solar roof system can charge the battery between 30 to 60 per cent. Supplement that with 6 hours of daily charing, the Sonata Hybrid can travel an additional 1,300km annually. 

The system works by producing electricity whenever the sun hits the solar panel’s surface. The photon of light from the sun creates electron-hole pairs in the silicon cells, which generates electricity. The battery then gobbles up the power when it is converted to the standard voltage.

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has started sales in Korea with North America to follow suit. There are no plans for the Korean carmaker to take the car to Europe but will it come to Malaysia? We will undoubtedly find it useful given that we have sun almost throughout the year.

Contributed by CT