Hyundai is launching a car with a solar roof charging system.

South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai has announced that it will launch a brand new, eco-friendly roof charging system.

The system, which will make its debut on the new Sonata Hybrid, will provide the vehicle with additional electrical power, whilst also increasing fuel efficiency and driving range, all of which will reduce CO2 emissions.

Hyundai have announced that they will, in the coming years, roll out the technology to other vehicles.

The new system sees silicon solar panels mounted on the roof of the car. This will mean that the vehicle is able to charge even whilst it’s being driven. According to Hyundai, the system will be able to charge 30 to 60% of the battery per day. With six hours of daily charging, the system is able to increase the distance the vehicle can travel by an added 1,300km annually.

All electricity generated by the solar panel is then converted to standard voltage by the controller, and it is then stored in the battery. The solar roof system is currently only used in a supporting role, however, it does mean that in the future, vehicles may no longer need to use fossil fuels to operate.

“The technology allows our customers to actively tackle emissions issue.”

– Heui Won Yang, Hyundai

Heui Won Yang, the Senior Vice President and Head of Body Tech Unit at Hyundai, said: “Solar roof technology is a good example of how Hyundai Motor is moving towards becoming a clean mobility provider.

“The technology allows our customers to actively tackle emissions issue. We are striving to further expand the application of the technology beyond eco-friendly vehicle line up to vehicles with internal combustion engine.”

The new Sonata Hybrid is equipped with the world’s first Active Shift Control (ASC) technology and solar roof charging system. The vehicle has a hybrid-exclusive design, that has enhanced dynamic elements. It also has a Smartstream G2.0 GDi HEV engine and 6-speed hybrid transmission. This new model from Hyundai also supports a ‘Digital Key’ function via a dedicated smartphone app.

The vehicle is on sale in Korea now, and will soon be up for sale in North America. There are no current plans in place to sell this model on the European market.