A new solar roof charging technology for the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has been revealed. How does it work?
A hybrid version of the next-generation Hyundai Sonata will receive the first-for-the-brand innovative solar charging function which will add extra 800 mi/year (1,300 km per year) to the driving range.
A solar panel is mounted in the Sonata Hybrid’s roof. A voltage controller converts the energy it generates into a useable format. Such a system can daily recover 30-60% of the battery charge causing extra driving range each year.
It works with Hyundai’s 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Smartstream gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain delivering about 195 hp / 143 kW in total. Power is transmitted by a 6-speed automatic geabox.
On the combined cycle, the model for South Korea promises 47.2 mpg (5 l/100 km), when equipped with 16-inch wheels and eco-friendly tires.
The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will not be marketed in Europe, but should reach the US dealerships.
Its current cost is $31,650 there (for the 2019 model). If the solar roof comes standard, the 2020 vehicle will be considerably pricier.
The automaker strives to expand the solar technology and apply it to its future models.