Although electric cars have been gaining in popularity for years, solar-powered cars are few and far between. That’s set to change, as China’s Hanergy just unveiled four zero-emission vehicles that can be powered entirely by the sun. Li Hejun, Board Chairman and CEO of Hanergy Holding Group drove the sporty “Hanergy Solar R” around the event to showcase the company’s latest game changing innovation.
Hanergy’s compact electric cars come equipped with thin solar cells that can provide all of their energy needs. According to Dr. Gao Weimin, Vice President of Hanergy Holding Group and CEO of its Solar Vehicle Business Division, the cars use flexible GaAs thin-film solar cells that can generate eight to ten kilowatt hours a day with just five to six hours of daylight.
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Hanergy is one of the largest clean-energy companies in the world, and it’s well-known for its thin-film solar cells. The company has been working with automakers for several years and made headlines in 2012 when it teamed up with Aston Martin to create a solar-powered race car.
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