Published on : Jan 03, 2014
The Ford Motor Company will unveil its much anticipated solar car at the International CES gadget show to be held at Las Vegas from January 7 to 10, 2014. The C-MAX Solar Energi Concept has been modeled to offer performance that is at par with a plug-in electric hybrid, but it doesn\'t require a plug as it draws energy directly from its solar panel roof. The specially designed roof obtains power through a solar concentrator lens that\'s similar to the common magnifying glass.
The company in its statement said that the car has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as four metric tons, when used by a typical owner. The company is upbeat about the prospects of this car as it is already estimating the 2013 sales of its electric vehicle lineup to touch 85,000 or more. The key differentiator of the solar powered vehicle is that it reduces the owner\'s dependence on fuel or an electric grid to obtain power.
Ford\'s global director of vehicle electrification and infrastructure Mike Tinksey said that this new vehicle could potentially prove to be a game changer in the vehicle industry. He also said that the vehicle adds a new dimension to renewable energy for vehicles and electric transportation.
The solar power vehicle was jointly developed by Ford, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the SunPower Corp based in San Jose, California.
Ford claims that the combined mileage of the vehicle is approximately 100 miles/gallon. It also stated that with an entire day of sunshine, the vehicle can create four hours or eight kilowatts of battery charge. According to the company, nearly 75% of all average trips made by this vehicle could be powered by the sun.
Following the CES International show, the company has plans to study the mass production feasibility of the vehicle.