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Ford set to unveil solar-powered car concept at the 2014 CES

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Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: | posted January 06, 2014 12:05

Can travel 21 miles on pure electricity alone

Ford Motor Company says that 75% of all trips made can be powered by the sun.  With that in mind, they are set to display the solar-powered edition of the C-Max hybrid compact sedan at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The solar cells of the C-Max are laid out on the roof and are designed differently compared to older solar panels.  It sports a ‘sun-ray collector’ that acts like a magnifying glass to concentrate the rays of the sun on the solar cells to maximize the way it harnesses solar power.

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Ford’s idea is to combine hybrid technology without having to plug in the vehicle to charge the batteries thereby avoiding 4 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation.  Although it still comes with the wired option for plug-in charging.

On a full charge, the C-Max will travel a combined 620 miles including 21 electric-only miles.

Leaving the solar-powered C-Max out under a full-day’s sun nets it an equivalent of 4 hours worth of plug-in charging. 

Ford Motor Company will begin testing the viability of mass producing this technology for future vehicles after the 2014 CES.