This year’s Consumer Electronics Show is going to be interesting as Ford is planning to debut its latest concept car at the venue. Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept is the car in question here which is ready to meet the masses in Las Vegas. Talking about the concept car, it is first of its kind sun powered vehicle aimed at offering performance levels comparable to conventional plug-in hybrids.
The interesting fact is that since it is a solar powered vehicle it does not depend on electric grid for fuel as plug-in hybrids do. Unlike plug-in hybrids which power their battery from an electrical socket, the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept utilizes a special concentrator that magnifies and directs intense sun rays to solar panels on the vehicle roof, thus harnessing the power of the sun.
With this innovative piece of technology onboard the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept delivers the same performance as the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid.
“Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept shines a new light on electric transportation and renewable energy,” said Mike Tinskey, Ford global director of vehicle electrification and infrastructure. “As an innovation leader, we want to further the public dialog about the art of the possible in moving the world toward a cleaner future.”
The car uses a rooftop solar panel fitted with high efficiency solar cells. As per Ford the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept, with a full charge, is estimated to offer a total range of up to 620 miles which is equivalent to what the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid has. Interestingly the vehicle also has a charge port, meaning it can be charged from a charging station via cord if desired.
Ford has high hopes with the car since it has been recording strong green car sales the company’s primary focus is more on models on the lines of the these hybrid and solar concepts.
Once Ford showcases the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept at the 2014 CES, the American giant will begin testing the vehicle in numerous real-world scenarios. This way the company will come to know how feasible the concept is and whether it could be shaped into a production car in the near future or not.