The solar cells in the new Ford C-Max Solar Energi, to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show.
The concept car’s roof is covered with a solar cells provided by SunPower Corp (SPWR).
But because it takes awhile to charge, Ford has also teamed with Georgia Tech to offer a special car port for charging.
Ford calls it an “off-vehicle solar concentrator” — essentially, a magnifying glass that can track the sun as it moves across the sky. The car port boosts the power that can be collected from sunlight by a factor of eight, according to Ford, allowing a full 8 kilowatt charge over the course of a day. The glass was originally designed for a lighthouse.
Ford said its internal data show that the sun could power up to 75% of all trips made by an average driver. And it estimates that the solar C-Max could reduce the annual greenhouse gas emissions a typical owner would produce by four metric tons.
Besides the C-Max Energi, Ford also has a plug-in version of the Ford Fusion mid-size sedan, the Fusion Energi.
According to Ford, it sold about 85,000 hybrids, plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles in 2013.
Ford said it sold more plug-in vehicles in October and November than both Toyota Motor (TM) and Tesla Motors (TSLA). It also said it is now No. 2 behind only Toyota in the sale of traditional hybrid cars that do not have a plug-in option.tweet