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Ford Puts Solar-Charged Electric Car To the Test

Jan 2, 2014
(The Detroit News)

Ford Motor Co. is testing a solar-powered electric car that’s easier to recharge than the typical plug-in, though the cost of solar panels would potentially add thousands of dollars to an already expensive vehicle.

Using “a day’s worth of sunlight” captured by rooftop solar panels, the Dearborn automaker says the C-Max Solar Energi Concept will mirror the efficiency of the C-Max Energi plug-in vehicle currently available on dealer lots.

The Energi plug-in can go 620 miles on a tank of gas — 21 of those in electric-only mode. And like the Energi-plug in, the solar-powered concept also has a charge port and can be re-charged via cord and plug if needed.