The solar cell roof will debut in the new Sonata hybrid. In the coming years, Hyundai will start using this solution on other models in its lineup. Currently, the roof with integrated solar panels plays only an auxiliary role. The solar cell roof consists of silicone photovoltaic panels. The system generates power even while running and, as the manufacturer claims, can charge 30-60% of battery capacity per day.
With a daily charge of 6 hours, this roof can increase annual mileage by 1300 km.
The new Sonata Hybrid, which uses technology for the first time in a solar system, is powered by a Smartstream G2.0 GDi HEV engine with 6-speed hybrid transmission. The new car also has access to digital key technology, allowing it to be controlled through a dedicated smartphone app. The new Sonata is already on sale in Korea and will soon be available in North America.
Hyundai does not currently plan to sell this model on the European market.