During the past few years, automakers have taken several strides to ensure their latest vehicles are as efficient as possible. Some of the techniques used to achieve this goal include electric vehicles and hydrogen-based powertrains.
Still, one method that hasn’t been brought up all too often is solar power. That’s all about to change because Hyundai is adding a solar-panel roof system to its 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.
The solar panel in question will make up the entirety of the vehicle’s roof. Absorbing energy from the sun, this larger solar panel can redirect that energy to the electric powertrain of the vehicle, resulting in an additional six hours of charging time a day. Doing so will allow the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid to travel 800 more miles a year.
Active Shift Control (ACS)
Furthermore, this is just the first of many new innovations Hyundai is planning to add to its vehicles. The 2020 Sonata Hybrid will also include a new world-first feature: the Active Shift Control (ACS) system. This technology communicates with the electric motor to help reduce the time needed to shift gears by up to 30 percent.
If you’d like to learn more about the incredible technologies featured within the Hyundai line of vehicles, feel free to speak with one of our experts at the Duell’s Evansville Hyundai.