Ford Motor Co. plans to roll out a solar-powered version of its C-Max hybrid compact car during next week’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The car uses technology that might remind some people of childhood experiments with a magnifying glass on sunny days.
The Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept has a solar panel system on the roof which tracks the position of the sun. The company said it can draw power equal to a four-hour battery charge.
Fully charged the car could travel for up to 21 miles powered just on electricity.
Ford expects the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept to get the same range as the existing C-MAX Energi – up to 620 miles or 21 electric-only miles. The C-MAX Solar Energi Concept will still include a charging port in case you run out of sun juice. Ford also said the solar-powered car could reduce yearly CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions from the average U.S. car owner by as much as four metric tons.
Ford’s C-MAX brand has been around for about a decade, but arrived in the U.S. with hybrid and plug-in hybrid models in 2012. Ford said today that it has sold more than 6,300 plug-in hybrid C-MAX Energi vehicles (pictured) as of November. The car will set you back about $33,000.
Last year, Ford revealed its S-Max Concept sport activity vehicle (SAV), which is intended to produce a smarter and safer driving experience. That includes automatic parking – parallel and vertical – and backing out, as well as using Wi-Fi to communicate with other cars on the road about potential problems ahead. For more, check out the video below.
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