Ford have added a solar-powered car to their roster in the form of the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept, which will be unveiled at this year’s International CES Show in Las Vegas. The car is based on the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, with the addition of solar panels to harness the sun’s rays, as well as reduce emissions and over-reliance on electrical outlets for power.
Compared to the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, which draws its power from the electric grid, Ford’s new vehicle concept can store a day’s worth of sunlight to deliver the same level of performance. “Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept shines a new light on electric transportation and renewable energy,” said Mike Tinskey, Ford Global Director of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure. “As an innovation leader, we want to further the public dialog about the art of the possible in moving the world toward a cleaner future.”
The Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept has a range of up to 620 miles on a full charge – the same as a conventional C-MAX Energi – which also includes up to 21 electric-only miles. It’s estimated that the solar-powered car will reduce the annual greenhouse gas emissions a typical owner would produce by four metric tons.
It hasn’t been announced if the C-MAX Solar Energi concept will ever be produced, but after it is shown at CES, Ford and Georgia Tech will begin testing the vehicle in numerous real-world scenarios – the outcome of which will determine if the car is feasible or not.