24 Aug '17, 3pm

Audi Extending EV Range With Roof-Mounted Solar Panels

Audi Extending EV Range With Roof-Mounted Solar Panels

Audi will be giving solar energy a push, adding solar panels to its electric vehicles for extended range and to support sustainability. This was announced yesterday along with a deal with Alta Devices to add thin-solar cells into a glass roof for Audi EVs that will generate electricity powering the car’s air-conditioning system and seat heaters. The goal is to produce the first prototype by the end of this year. Beyond that, the German automaker and the subsidiary of Chinese solar company Hanergy will work on covering almost the entire roof surface of Audi battery electric vehicles with solar cells. That will contribute even more to support per-charge range for the Audi EVs. Taking an even longer look, the partner companies aim to use the solar power to directly charge the battery pack providing propulsion to the EV. Alta Devices will be producing the solar cells at its pr...

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