Ford Announces Solar Hybrid-Electric Car

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Imagine a car that ran completely on sunlight. You could park it outdoors on a sunny day, and while you shopped or worked or visited friends, it would be quietly refilling its tank, at no cost to you.

Well, you don’t have to imagine any further, this car will be revealed to the public for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), in Las Vegas next week.

The car is the Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept. Its announcement represents a significant leap into a clean energy future, revealing possibilities that many of us may not have even considered before.

The C-MAX Solar Energi Concept is the first of its kind, a sun-powered car that can charge up and run completely untethered, away from any gas station, away from the electric grid, away from civilization altogether.

The vehicle has a solar panel roof that utilizes a special concentrator lens that increases the amount of energy that can be collected from the roof area. The C-MAX Solar Energi Concept has been given an EPA estimated rating of 108 MPGe city and 92 MPGe highway. An average vehicle owner could be expected to save as much as four metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, by avoiding grid charging. That’s about one-third as much as a typical American home produces in a year.

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