Ford C-Max Hybrid Concept to Use Solar Power
|   Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Ford recently announced its plans to showcase a solar powered variant of its C-Max Hybrid Concept at the CES show, which is scheduled for next week. This vehicle has a solar panel on its roof, which is said to work like a magnifying glass. Ford claims that the C-Max Hybrid can perform as good as its C-Max Energi PHEV, after taking in a single day's worth of sunlight.

Solar panels have been designed by Ford's solar technology partner Sun Power, which are based on Fresnel Type Concentrator lens, designed at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Eight kilowatts are generated through this technology, which is similar to four hours of battery recharge. This vehicle is expected to reduce a lot of CO2 emissions annually and they plan on implementing this technology in mainstream vehicles soon.

This vehicle has an ability to plug in to a conventional charging socket in case of an emergency, although it is unlike to need extra juice, considering its vast range of 620 Miles – 21 Miles EV only - on a single day's power accumulation, which Ford is currently claiming. Ford says this technology can be used to power 75 percent of any journey. It would save a lot of conventional fuel as well as save the earth.

With proper funding and implementation, it could be used in underdeveloped areas or places with unreliable source of power supply. This vehicle serves as a new prospect to our needs for an environment friendly source of transportation, which would also go easy on the pockets. Dialogues are currently underway within the company as well as with Government sources. We hope to receive positive news about implementation soon.

The Consumer Electronics Show will showcase this vehicle initially, post which plans to introduce it into the mainstream car market will be taken. As of now, inquiries are coming in while people are creating a positive buzz round it. It should be economically feasible if the Governments step up with plans to create proper infrastructure. As long as hydrogen fuel cell technology is not commercially viable, we need an alternate power source to run vehicles.

Hence, solar powered vehicles look like a probable candidate to take over the job for the moment. This car is designed to stay under the canopy which multiplies the sunlight, to enhance power storage capacity. It automatically adjusts itself to gather the maximum possible sun light, which as a result ensures maximum return. This could be used in developed countries as they have the necessary resources to setup infrastructure within a short notice.

However, it should be implemented worldwide soon, to keep check on the increasing global air pollution. China for example needs to setup infrastructure as soon as possible although cost for commercialization needs to be established first. Combined fuel sources could save cost of running by a huge margin and various reports are currently being prepared. Do you think the Ford C-Max Hybrid Concept can revolutionize the current automotive world? Stay tuned and find out.
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