At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, Ford showed off a roof-mounted solar system that tracks the sun’s movement and uses a Fresnel lens to concentrate energy to charge a C-Max plug-in hybrid. Ford claims the system can produce 8 kilowatts of electricity.
Six years later, Ford has published another patent for a roof-mounted device that can wrap an entire parked vehicle under the protection of solar panels with the flick of a switch.
Ford’s patent application describes the shield as a flexible shield that deploys by means of an inflator pump that is automatically powered by the system’s stored solar energy. When fully deployed, the shape of the shield is retained by the memory polymer. It is worth mentioning that the driver uses a slider activation system to control the solar module to switch between extended and stored states.
The challenge with the technology, according to Ford, is that the surface for the car to install the solar cells on is relatively limited, so the (battery) is not large enough. So what Ford outlines in its new patent application is a peculiar, roof-mounted deformer: a self-covering fabric with flexible, thin-layer solar cells, covered by a fabric on the rear bumper or in the luggage compartment. Central axis control.
Ford isn’t the only company working on putting solar panels on electric vehicles. Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan and Tesla have all experimented with charging electric or hybrid vehicles on the roof.
In addition, it is reported that Ford and Volkswagen are advancing cooperation plans in autonomous driving and electric vehicles, and the transaction is expected to be completed before the end of this month to further strengthen the cooperation between the two parties in commercial vehicles and mid-size pickup trucks. The two cooperation initially It was announced at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.