Marc Carter

Ford's First Solar-Powered Car to Debut at the 2014 International CES Show in Vegas

by , 01/04/14

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Ford has unveiled plans to debut their first solar-powered car next week at the 2014 International CES show in Las Vegas. The new C-MAX Solar Energi concept is based on the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, but the addition of solar panels means that it can harness the power of the sun to provide emissions-free driving.


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According to Ford, the C-MAX Solar Energi concept can convert a day’s worth of sunlight to deliver the same performance as the conventional C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, which draws its power from the electric grid.

“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 is estimated to have the same total range as a conventional C-MAX Energi of up to 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.

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 those tests will help to determine if the concept is feasible as a production car.

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3 Comments

  1. Chris Jackson January 23, 2014 at 9:15 am

    more efficient is to install a 4kWp array on your house to offset the cost of charging the vehicle, because these modules are not going to add very much to the charge.

  2. erikbaard January 5, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Solar power in such a car in realistic routine use can offset power drain from loaded electronic conveniences, but new standard expectations eat up some or all of the gains. We\\\’ve already witnessed this in conventionally-fueled cars. The solar panels will also be endangered by theft and wear. Of course future models may have spray-on or roll-on cells.

    But for now, solar stations should charge batteries that can be swapped out.

  3. kada January 4, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Makes little sense IMHO. The cells are expensive, and they only really charge the car when you park at home, under a lens that concentrates the sunlight. Otherwise it would take 8 days for a full charge (rather than 1 day). And that is if you can park your car under the sun. A car like this would probably be bought by a commuter, which means during day time the car isn’t at home.

    Install the cells, with this lens, at home, and use it to power your house or charge a battery. Then it would make more sense.

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