Hyundai and Kia are the most recent automakers to announce plans to supply photo voltaic panel roofs on their automobiles.
The Korean corporations on Wednesday stated photo voltaic roofs, some with a translucent design, will begin being made accessible from 2019, with out mentioning particular markets and autos.
Audi introduced plans to supply photo voltaic roofs a 12 months in the past, and naturally Karma (previously Fisker) already provides them on its Revero sedan.
Hyundai and Kia stated the photo voltaic roofs will probably be used to cost car batteries and can initially be fitted to hybrids and even automobiles with standard powertrains. Within the latter, the generated energy can be utilized to energy ancillaries just like the air conditioner or seat heaters, thus saving that little bit of additional vitality to enhance the general effectivity.
There are at the moment three programs in improvement. The primary is a traditional silicon-based photo voltaic roof that will probably be fitted to hybrids and stated to be able to charging the battery between 30 and 60 % of capability inside a day, relying on the extent of daylight.
A extra superior design with a translucent look will observe and initially be used on automobiles with standard powertrains. The semi-transparent photo voltaic panels are utilized to a panoramic sunroof, permitting the roof to generate vitality whereas nonetheless letting mild into the cabin. And ultimately Hyundai and Kia will introduce light-weight photo voltaic panels that can be utilized for the hood or trunk lid of a automobile.