Hyundai and Kia are no strangers to alternative energy vehicles. The Korean carmakers have electric as well as hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in their lineup. And they have plenty more of these in the pipeline. Now, the Hyundai Motor Group is focusing its efforts on developing vehicles that are powered by the heat and warmth of the sun.
Yes, solar energy will soon be used to help power Hyundai and Kia models. Korea’s finest is tapping one of, if not the most abundant power source on the planet to help improve efficiency, reduce emissions, and increase range.
You read that right: reducing carbon dioxide emissions means utilizing solar panels to help improve the energy efficiency of internal combustion engines. Hyundai and Kia still believe that this form of motivation is not dead just yet and will do all it can to make it as efficient and clean as possible.
By the same token, Hyundai and Kia are likewise developing solar panels that will be used for hybrid and battery electric vehicles. This means that it will have a solar cell application for any type of powertrain it offers. This, in turn, shows just how serious it is about keeping it clean and making the most out of the resources we have.
Expect to see the first solar-powered Hyundai and Kia vehicles arrive after 2019.