Glimpse a Clean Vehicle Future!

In a collaborative project between Ford (San Jose), SunPower Corp (California) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta), the Ford motor company has developed the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept.

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This is a first-of-its-kind sun-powered vehicle, independent from the electric grid for fuel. It harnesses power from the sun by tracking its movement in the sky and magnifying the solar rays onto its solar-paneled roof. A day’s worth of sunlight can deliver the same performance as the more conventional C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, (which draws its power from the electric grid).

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SunPower (Ford’s solar technology partner) is providing the high-efficiency solar-cells for the C-MAX Solar Energi roof and the Georgia Institute of Technology has provided a way to amplify sunlight using Fresnel lenses (originally developed for lighthouses) to make a solar-powered hybrid viable.

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If all goes according to plan, yearly CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions from the average U.S. car owner could be reduced by as much as four metric tons – the equivalent of what a U.S. house produces in four months.

 

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