Companies ranging in size from small startups to major automakers have been experimenting with solar-powered charging stations for EVs and plug-in hybrids. And, of course, people have been powering vehicles with onboard solar panels for quite some time, too. Still, Ford's new C-Max Solar Energi Concept shows the promise of a truly practical implementation of solar on a production vehicle, and it may not be as far off in the future as we had thought.
As we reported a few days ago, the Solar concept makes use of a "concentrator lens" that focuses sunlight onto the
We've got live images of the C-Max Solar Energi Concept, jauntily tilted on its display to best present its signature solar panels, straight from the CES floor.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this story implied that the concentrator used to collect more solar energy is built into the car. It is in fact built into the solar-panel-covered canopy.
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