Hyundai set to release a new car model with solar panel roof

Hyundai set to release a new car model with solar panel roof
Hyundai has officially announced an extension to their existing model, the Sonata Hybrid, which allows it to use a solar paneled roof to help charge its battery.

The company mentioned that up to 60% of the cars battery can be powered if the solar panel was used for six hours a day. The Korean company has also announced to offer the roof as an optional attachment to other models in its range.

In theory, the car would help reduce carbon dioxide emission and can help boost efficiency, however it remains to be seen how this car can function on the road considering the extra weight of the panels.

"Solar cells add cost and weight to cars, and it's unclear how effective they can be in the real world,” Stephen Edelstein wrote for the Digital Trends news site.

 Heui Won Yang, head of the Hyundai Motor Group’s Body Tech Unit said that the solar powered car was a great way for customers to actively tackle issues relating to global emissions.

Hyundai has not yet quoted a price for their solar powered vehicle.