Three roof-mounted solar panels will generate up to 240 watts in full sunshine. The panels utilize cells manufactured to Solera’s specification by Open Energy Corp. The new sunroof can contribute enough energy to allow the vehicle to travel up to an additional 14 km in electric-only mode on a sunny, summer day.
Work on the Vehicle to Grid interface (V2G), which may include emergency home generation and grid support, will be the next phase of the project.
The plug-in hybrid solar electric vehicle project is being supported in part by the LDC (Local Distribution Company) Tomorrow Fund, a utility industry fund established to finance research projects that advance innovation in Ontario’s electricity distribution sector.