Ford To Debut Solar Car At Consumer Electronics Show

Posted at 10:06 AM, Jan 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-02 10:06:41-05
Ford Solar Car – courtesy Ford

Courtesy: Ford Motor Co.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Ford will debut a solar-powered electric car at the Consumer Electronics Show next week.

The car, a concept vehicle not ready for dealer showrooms, is a version of the C-Max Energi plug-in car already sold by Ford.

Like the C-Max Energi, the new C-Max Solar Energi can go 21 miles on electricity between charges. It then can switch over and run on gasoline until it is recharged.

The concept car’s roof is covered with a solar cells provided by SunPower Corp.

But because it takes awhile to charge, Ford has also teamed with Georgia Tech to offer a special car port for charging.

Ford calls it an “off-vehicle solar concentrator” — essentially, a magnifying glass that can track the sun as it moves across the sky. The car port boosts the power that can be collected from sunlight by a factor of eight, according to Ford, allowing a full 8 kilowatt charge over the course of a day. The glass was originally designed for a lighthouse.