Friday, Apr 18, 2014Friday, Apr 18, 2014

Ford to unveil solar-powered hybrid car

Published on Jan 3, 2014 4:16 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - Ford announced plans Thursday for a prototype hybrid car that uses solar energy from a rooftop charger, reducing gas use and avoiding the need for plugging into the electric grid.

The US auto giant said its C-MAX Solar Energi concept car with a solar panel roof draws power from a special solar concentrator lens similar to a magnifying glass.

The vehicle, which will be on display at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, is estimated to reduce the annual greenhouse gas emissions a typical car owner would produce by four metric tons.

The new system aims to rev up sales of electic and hybrid vehicles without the plug-in requirement of some current models.

If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here