plug-in hybrid, or electric vehicle for that matter, is still relying on the grid, which most likely generates electricity through burning of fossil fuel. not exactly the cleanest of the clean if you really look into where the source of electricity comes from. that’s not to mention the need to plug-in and charge, but what if, you don’t have to? that’s exactly what the Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept is proposing. it is a concept plug-in hybrid that, well, wants you not plug-in to get the electric portion filled. as the name implies, this concept has a solar panel roof that draws the necessary power from a special solar concentrator lens similar to a magnifying glass, to collect a day’s worth of sunlight energy for the same performance as the conventional C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid. which means the C-MAX Solar can do up to 620 miles (998 km) in total range and 21 miles (34 km) on electric-only, all without having to rely on the grid.
however, the vehicle can still be charged via charging station or outlet if so desired (or more like in case of a situation where you can’t actually get enough sunlight). in any case, this solar technology is more than merely amplifying the sun ray; it actually tracks the sun as it moves from east to west, ensuring that it draws enough power for each day. then again, that’s in theory. we are not sure how it is going to work out if the car is moving and when the car is in dense urban area where skyscrapers will inevitably deny the vehicle of the sun rays and that’s not to mention the existence of tunnels and sheltered parking – all which will also shield the car from the much needed sunlight. perhaps, it is a wise move to retain the charging port after all. eh? the Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept will be on display at the 2014 International CES in Sin City next week. yes. a car. a consumer electronics show (and it won’t be alone).