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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ford's Latest Solar Powered Car

Ford Motors, one of the famous car manufacturer from the United States announced that they would soon launch the so-called "first solar powered vehicle in its class."

According to Ford, their newest car was called as C-MAX Solar Energy Concept was able to run "without relying on electricity or fuel."
Ford C-MAX Solar Energy Concept car. (Picture from: http://www.voanews.com/)
Further the company says the car can take advantage of solar power by using a special concentrator which acts like a magnifying glass, that directing sunlight to the solar panels on the car roof.
Ford said that the sunlight concentrator which installed on the car's roof makes it practical for daily use. (Picture from: http://money.cnn.com/)
One day sunshine be able to provide the same performance with a hybrid electric car, according to the company also, by adding that the car driving can reduce exhaust emissions usually can reach four metric tons of the car - the same amount issued by a house in the U.S. in four months.
Rear view of Ford C-MAX Solar Energy Concept car. (Picture from: http://inhabitat.com/)
SunPower, which has become partner of solar technology for Ford Motors since 2011, providing solar cells to the car roof. Because it takes a long time to absorb enough energy to power the vehicle in full, Ford asked for help at the Georgia Institute of Technology to increase the sunlight to make a solar power hybrid that can be used in daily life.

The Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept is estimated to have the same total range as a conventional C-MAX Energi of up to 998 km (620 miles), including up to 21 electric only miles. Additionally, the vehicle still has a charge port and can be charged by connecting to a charging station via cord and plug so that drivers retain the option to power up via the grid.
This car was exhibited at the 2014 International CES show in Las Vegas that was held on January 7 to 10. After the event, Ford Motors and Georgia Tech will begin testing the vehicle in a number of real-world scenarios to see whether the concept is feasible for mass production. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | VOA NEWS | INHABITAT | MONEY CNN]
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