Hyundai and Kia have announced that they will integrate solar panels into select vehicles. The panels will be located on the roofs of these cars, and will generate additional electrical power for the vehicles to use. Green Car Congress reports that they panels will be installed on ICE, hybrid and battery electric vehicles, and will improve fuel efficiency.
Hyundai will release the solar panels in three stages, with the first stage exclusive to hybrids. These panels will be capable of “charging 30 to 60 percent of the battery over the course of a normal day, depending on weather conditions.” The second stage of panels will focus on vehicles with standard internal combustion engines. The panels will enable these vehicles to meet modern CO2 emissions requirements. Read more.