Ford C-MAX Concept Car Unveiled With Roof-Top Solar Panels For CES 2014 - HotHardware
Ford C-MAX Concept Car Unveiled With Roof-Top Solar Panels For CES 2014

Ford C-MAX Concept Car Unveiled With Roof-Top Solar Panels For CES 2014

Don’t look now, but the solar-powered car is making a comeback. Ford announced the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept, a sporty-looking hatchback whose roof is lined with solar panels. The idea is that the car will offer “the best of a plug-in hybrid without depending on the electric grid for fuel”--which is a brilliant idea if it pans out.

The roof panels of the C-MAX Solar Energi have a concentrator, like a magnifying glass, that more efficiently collects the sun’s rays to charge the battery. The company claims that a day’s worth of sunshine can deliver the same performance as its plug-in hybrid, the C-MAX Energi, and the vehicle can deliver 108 MPGe city and 92 MPGe highway for an average of 100 MPGe.

Ford C-MAX Solar Energi

Ford says that by relying on solar power and staying off the electrical grid, drivers of the C-MAX Solar Energi would save some four metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

Ford C-MAX Solar Energi

Ford developed the car in tandem with SunPower (which provided the solar technology) and the Georgia Institute of Technology and will be showing it off at CES next week.


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Have any of you ever seen a Prius with solar panels on the roof?.... Didn't think so. I live in LA where it seems 1 in every 2 vehicles is a Prius yet I have never seen a single one with a solar panel in the roof, I am not sure if Toyota still offers the feature but none of the dealerships carry it on their lots. What makes Ford think anyone will opt for the same idea on a cmax? It's just 1 more bullet point on letter head to shareholders but very very few will actually choose this option at purchase.

BUTTT then again Prius's version only helped to run things like the A/C, since this is actually charging the battery it might prove to be more popular.

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Problem is aesthetics, this is just butt ugly and people don't want butt ugly cars.... well most people the Prius is butt ugly with or without solar IMHO. Tesla Motors cars are much better designs I think, so why can't the big car companies give us some hybrids with style? Closest they have come is the new Ford Escape Hybrid, now that is one sexy little SUV.

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