Hyundai Motor launches its first car with a sunroof charging system. This more environmentally friendly technology will provide vehicles with additional electrical power, as well as increased efficiency and range.

Hyundai Motor’s sunroof charging system debuts in the new Sonata Hybrid. The system is an additional source of electrical energy for the vehicle, improving efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions.

In the coming years, Hyundai will extend the technology to other vehicles in its lineup. It is the latest application of a smart solution from Hyundai that is moving the mobility industry towards a more sustainable future.

Solar roof technology is a good example of how Hyundai Motor is becoming a clean mobility provider. Technology enables our customers to actively tackle the issue of emissions. We strive to extend the application of technology beyond the range of green vehicles to internal combustion engine vehicles.

Heui Won Yang, senior vice president and head of technology unit at Hyundai Motor Group.

The sunroof system comprises a structure of solar panels which are mounted on the roof of the car. It is able to recharge even while driving, with this system you can charge between 30 and 60% of the battery per day with 6 hours of daily charging, range is expected to increase by an additional 1300 km per year.

The system consists of a solar panel and a controller. Electricity is produced when solar energy activates the surface of the solar panel, which converts this energy using its solar cells that produce electricity.

The electricity from this process is converted to standard voltage by the controller and then stored in the battery. Hyundai Motor took into account not only efficiency but also design when developing the solar charging system.

While the sunroof system currently plays a supporting role, it opens up new possibilities for vehicles that no longer need fossil fuel to operate.