Something new under the sun roof at Ford Motors
Global car manufacturer Ford has unveiled a first-of-its-kind sun-powered vehicle.
Instead of powering its battery from an electrical outlet, the Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept harnesses the power of the sun by using a special concentrator that acts like a magnifying glass, directing intense rays to solar panels on the vehicle roof.
The result is a concept vehicle that takes a day’s worth of sunlight to deliver the same performance as the conventional C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, which draws its power from the electricity grid, says the company. By using renewable power, the car is estimated to reduce the annual greenhouse gas emissions a typical owner would produce by four metric tons.
“Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept shines a new light on electric transportation and renewable energy,” said Mike Tinskey, Ford global director of vehicle electrification and infrastructure. “As an innovation leader, we want to further the public dialogue about the art of the possible in moving the world toward a cleaner future.”
C-MAX Solar Energi Concept will be shown at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, which opens tomorrow (7 January 2014). The car is a collaborative project of Ford, San Jose, California-based SunPower Corp. and Atlanta-based Georgia Institute of Technology.