Hyundai's Unique Hybrid with Solar Power

Hyundai's Sonata Hybrid

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Hybrid, Electric & Solar Panels on the Car Roof
At the Chicago 2020 Auto Show, a new breed of hybrid, electric and solar powered car was unveiled.  It's Hyundai's 2020 Sonata Hybrid and it takes the popular Sonata to a whole new level.  What is so innovative and unique about the vehicle is the solar paneled roof.  The Sonata Hybrid with its combined electric and gas powered engines is much more fuel efficient.  But add to that the solar panels that can provide an extra 800 solar electric powered miles per year. It represents another milestone in the drive toward cleaner, greener driving.

New Hybrid Platform
Hyundai says it's building the new hybrid on a brand new platform that makes it lighter in weight and increases the vehicle's strength.  It's powered by a 2.0 liter 14 engine that provides 150 horsepower  and an electric motor that provides a supplemental 51 horsepower.  The solar panels directly charge the 12 volt and the hybrid battery with an electrical output of 205 watts. That provides extra miles of green driving every day and adds up to 800 miles plus per year.  The hybrid  gets 54 miles per gallon on the highway.  One automotive expert calls the vehicle "high fashion with low fuel consumption."  It also has the Sonata's full list of driver assistance technology and the central touchscreen, among other features. 

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