Ford C - Max with Solar Roof Power through the magnifying glass

Power through the magnifying glass

Current recharge via solar roof? Are there already, but is usually still very effective. Ford now presents a solution to generate more power.

Ford shows at the electronics show CES in Las Vegas ( January 7 to 10 ) a study of the C - Max with solar roof. The batteries of plug-in hybrids will be charged a total of 1.5 square meter solar cells that operate 50 percent more efficiently than conventional cells, according to Ford. This is also achieved by a kind of magnifying glass that deflects sunlight from almost any angle to the solar cell. These so-called Fresnel lenses can increase the efficiency of the solar radiation up to eight times. So should be able to replace a four-hour charge at the outlet, enough energy for purely statistical 75 percent of all trips.

© Ford The batteries of plug-in hybrids will be charged a total of 1.5 square meter solar cells that operate 50 percent more efficiently than conventional cells, according to Ford . Whether the C - Max Energi Solar Concept finds its way into production vehicles, are intended to show subsequent tests. Regardless of Ford plans to expand the range of electrified vehicles in Europe. In addition to the already available Ford Focus Electric, the C-Max will this year come on the market with plug-in hybrid technology, followed by Mondeo Hybrid.

With a base price of 40,000 euros, the Electro - Focus is the most expensive model in the compact family. To compensate for the high charge for the drive technology, Ford is generous in equipping and provides battery-powered five-door model only in the highest Titanium trim line at.