Ford will debut C-max Energi Solar concept car at Consumer Electronics Show

Ford Motor Co. has announced it will be debuting a Ford C-max Energi Solar concept plug-in hybrid vehicle at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week.

Ford thinks the C-max Energi Solar concept is a way to free vehicles from the need to plug into a wall socket to recharge. Solar panels on top of the vehicles roof capture energy from the sun’s rays and recharge the plug-in’s battery pack.

However, the solar panels can only capture enough energy to charge up the battery to about 1/8th full during the day, which is enough to travel approximately 3 miles on electric powered driving.

Mike Tinskey, Ford’s director of vehicle electrification, says that while solar panel technology has been improving, “even if we put them on the hood, you still couldn’t recharge the battery enough.”

Ford has developed a special contraption that can be installed above a parking space that redirects sunlight from the whole canopy area onto the solar panels of the vehicle. The canopy can also automatically re-angle itself to capture the most rays from the sun. Funny enough, Ford says this “eliminates the challenge of having to install a charging station in a parking lot.” Yes, instead, install a huge, complex canopy over each parking spot and achieve partial recharges. Sorry.

To discuss, check out our Ford C-max Energi forum

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Alan Moeller

By Alan Moeller

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  1. 2013 C-Max Energi electrical problems and more. First glitches in non instrument functions, then guide lines in rearview camera, (parts must be coming from overseas?), then coming out of a meeting started car and as I drove out of a parking spot it felt similar to both front tires being flat. Soon discovered it was occuring only when attempting to accelerate. Very gentle acceleration was not a problem. Drove slowly toward Ford dealer only to have engine light ome on and start flashing. Left car which is going to take three days just to have a mechanic look at it. Sure glad I was not on a trip somewhere. What happened to reliability from American car makers?

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