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Source: Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors

If You Buy A Car In 2019, It Might Come With A Solar Roof

By Koty Neelis

Cars aren't the most eco-friendly option for getting around but Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors are trying to change that. The two companies jointly announced that starting next year they'll begin installing electricity-generating solar panels on select vehicles, along with supporting internal combustion, hybrid and battery electric vehicles with additional electrical power.

“In the future, we expect to see many different types of electricity-generating technologies integrated into our vehicles. The solar roof is the first of these technologies, and will mean that automobiles no longer passively consume energy, but will begin to produce it actively,” said the developer of the technology Jeong-Gil Park, Executive Vice President of the Engineering and Design Division of Hyundai Motor Group. 

Basically what this means is that by offering vehicles with solar panels on their rooftops, vehicles will have a supplement to the car's power system, but it won't outright replace it. With the sustainable addition, drivers will not only reduce their CO2 emissions, but also save more money on gas with improved mileage.