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KIA AND HYUNDAI REVEAL SOLAR CHARGING SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY TO POWER FUTURE ECO-FRIENDLY VEHICLES

•Solar charging panels help recharge car batteries using the sun’s energy •First generation ‘solar roof’ system will be introduced to Hyundai Motor Group vehicles from 2019 – including future cars from Kia •Semi-transparent solar roof is the world’s first solar-charging technology for internal combustion engine vehicles

Kia Motors and Hyundai Motor have today announced plans to introduce ‘solar roof’ charging technology on selected Hyundai Motor Group vehicles. Electricity-generating solar panels will be incorporated into the roof or the hood of vehicles, and will support internal combustion, hybrid and battery electric vehicles with additional electrical power, increasing fuel efficiency and range.

The solar charging technology is being developed to support the vehicle’s main power source, improving mileage and reducing CO2 emissions. The system will have the capability to charge the batteries of eco-friendly electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as those of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, helping to improve fuel efficiency.

Hyundai Motor Group is developing three types of solar roof charging systems: The first-generation system is for hybrid vehicles, while the second-generation technology brings a semi-transparent solar roof system to ICE vehicles. The third generation of the technology will see the introduction of a lightweight solar roof for battery electric vehicles.

The first-generation system, which will be applied to hybrid models, is created out of a structure of silicon solar panels that are integrated into a standard car roof. This system is capable of charging 30 to 60 per cent of the battery over the course of a normal day, depending on weather conditions and other environmental factors.

The second-generation semi-transparent solar roof will be applied to ICE vehicles, representing a world-first application for the technology. The semi-transparent technologies can be integrated with a panoramic sunroof, letting light through into the cabin, whilst charging the vehicle’s battery at the same time. Applying solar charging systems to ICE vehicles will help them comply with ever more stringent global environmental laws regulating CO2 emissions.

The third-generation system, is currently in testing. It is designed to be applied to the hood and roof of eco-friendly battery electric vehicle models in order to maximize energy output.

How Hyundai Motor Group solar panel technology works The solar charging system is composed of a solar panel, a controller and a battery. As the panel absorbs photons of light from the sun, it creates electron-hole pairs in silicon cells, enabling current to flow and generating electricity.

When a 100W solar panel is equipped, it can produce up to 100 Wh of energy (in ideal conditions: summer noon, 1000 W/m2 intensity of radiation). The controller features Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT), which controls voltage and current to increase the efficiency of electricity harvested by the solar panel. This power is converted and stored in the battery, or utilized to decrease load on the vehicle’s alternating current (AC) generator, thereby increasing vehicle range.

“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. “It is an exciting development for us, designing a technology for vehicle owners to help them shift from being energy users to being energy producers.”

Hyundai Motor Group will launch the first generation of this technology into its vehicles after 2019 to help meet global regulations targets and improve vehicle fuel efficiency.

ELECTRIC DREAMS

ELECTRIC DREAMS

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HYUNDAI MOTOR PREPARES TO LAUNCH ITS NEXT N MODEL: THE NEW i30 FASTBACK N

HYUNDAI MOTOR PREPARES TO LAUNCH ITS NEXT N MODEL: THE ...

Posted on: 3rd Aug 2018

•Hyundai continues development of third model in high-performance N line-up •Prototype testing includes performance and durability assessments at company’s technical centre at Nürburgring •The New i30 Fastback N will be unveiled later this year

THE NEW HYUNDAI i20: SMARTER, SAFER AND WITH REFRESHED DESIGN

THE NEW HYUNDAI i20: SMARTER, SAFER AND WITH REFRESHED ...

Posted on: 30th Apr 2018

Hyundai Motor is continuing its success in the B-segment by introducing a refreshed i20 line-up. In order to meet customers' expectations, the i20 five-door now has a more modern design as well as updated safety features with Hyundai SmartSense. For both the five-door and the three-door coupe, Hyundai is also introducing a seven-speed dual clu...

HYUNDAI MOTOR REVEALS FIRST IMAGES OF THE SANTA FE

HYUNDAI MOTOR REVEALS FIRST IMAGES OF THE SANTA FE

Posted on: 9th Feb 2018

Hyundai Motor unveils its first images of the New Generation Santa Fe which will celebrate its world premiere in February 2018. The company's largest passenger car, it represents Hyundai's strong SUV heritage and continues its global success story. The fourth generation Santa Fe is a powerful, premium-designed SUV with class-leading roomi

HYUNDAI i30 N WINS BEST HOT HATCH AT THE UK CAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2018

HYUNDAI i30 N WINS BEST HOT HATCH AT THE UK CAR OF THE ...

Posted on: 19th Jan 2018

The i30 N, on sale now, has been awarded Best Hot Hatch at the UK Car of the Year Awards 2018. The category win means that Hyundai's much-lauded hatchback will now compete for the overall UK Car of the Year award, which will be announced at the end of February.

ALL-NEW HYUNDAI KONA ACHIEVES MAXIMUM FIVE-STAR EURO NCAP RATING

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Posted on: 4th Jan 2018

Hyundai Motor's All-New KONA has received the maximum five-star safety rating from the independent vehicle assessment organisation Euro NCAP. This result marks out the new B-SUV as one of the safest vehicles in the segment, convincing in all four categories: Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Pedestrian and Safety Assist.

HYUNDAI IONIQ WINS WOMEN

HYUNDAI IONIQ WINS WOMEN'S WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR &...

Posted on: 22nd Nov 2017

In the eighth edition of the Women's World Car of the Year awards the Hyundai IONIQ has won the 'Supreme Award'. All three models, the IONIQ Electric, Hybrid and Plug-in, were treated as one car for voting purposes. To identify the supreme winner, the Women's World Car of the Year jury first voted for the winning models in six d...

HYUNDAI MOTOR UK ANNOUNCES ALL-NEW KONA PRICING AND SPECIFICATIONS

HYUNDAI MOTOR UK ANNOUNCES ALL-NEW KONA PRICING AND SPE...

Posted on: 18th Oct 2017

Hyundai Motor UK has officially announced the pricing and specification of the All-New KONA, which will go on sale in the UK on 2nd November. All-New KONA follows on from the i30 family in offering a high level of standard safety equipment, with Driver Attention Alert, Lane Keeping Assist, Hill Start Assist Control and Downhill Brake Control featur...

Motablity Awards for Excellent Customer Service

Motablity Awards for Excellent Customer Service

Posted on: 17th Oct 2017

W J King, one of the fastest growing dealer groups in the South East and Kent who operate six franchises from 12 locations, is delighted and extremely proud to announce that the company has won regional awards for their work with the Motability Car Scheme at their SEAT branch at Sidcup and their Vauxhall branch at Farningham.

HYUNDAI MOTOR UK ANNOUNCES i30 N PRICING AND SPECIFICATIONS

HYUNDAI MOTOR UK ANNOUNCES i30 N PRICING AND SPECIFICAT...

Posted on: 26th Sep 2017

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HYUNDAI IONIQ NAMED

HYUNDAI IONIQ NAMED 'BEST GREEN TECHNOLOGY' I...

Posted on: 2nd Aug 2017

A panel of fleet industry experts has named the Hyundai IONIQ as the 'Best Green Technology' for businesses. Judges of the 2017 BusinessCar Fleet Technology Awards - the 'Techies' - said the choice of three electrified powertrains for fleets was the most significant factor in giving it the top prize.

CHARISMATIC BY DESIGN: THE ALL-NEW HYUNDAI i30 FASTBACK

CHARISMATIC BY DESIGN: THE ALL-NEW HYUNDAI i30 FASTBACK...

Posted on: 20th Jul 2017

After introducing the Hyundai i30 in March 2017 and the i30 Tourer this month, Hyundai Motor has unveiled the i30 Fastback - the latest addition to the i30 range, available by the beginning of next year. The new body type reflects Hyundai's design language while giving it a sophisticated twist with an elegant character.

HYUNDAI MOTOR ANNOUNCES PRICING AND SPECIFICATION FOR IONIQ PLUG-IN HYBRID

HYUNDAI MOTOR ANNOUNCES PRICING AND SPECIFICATION FOR I...

Posted on: 12th Jul 2017

The new Hyundai IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid goes on sale in the UK this month, priced from £24,995 OTR, including the £2500 Plug In Car Grant. Hyundai's Plug-in Hybrid is the third and final variant of the IONIQ line-up - the first car in the world to offer three electrified powertrains within one body type.

HYUNDAI MOTOR UK ANNOUNCES NEW GENERATION i30 TOURER PRICING AND SPECIFICATIONS

HYUNDAI MOTOR UK ANNOUNCES NEW GENERATION i30 TOURER PR...

Posted on: 28th Jun 2017

Hyundai Motor UK has officially announced the pricing and specification of the New Generation i30 Tourer, which will go on sale in the UK on 6th July. New Generation i30 Tourer follows on from the Hatch in offering a high level of standard safety equipment, with Lane Departure Warning System, Forward Collision Warning System, Lane Keep Assist, Auto...

HYUNDAI MOTOR SCOOPS HEAVYWEIGHT AWARD FOR

HYUNDAI MOTOR SCOOPS HEAVYWEIGHT AWARD FOR 'BEST U...

Posted on: 22nd Jun 2017

The Hyundai i30 has been named as the 'Best Ultralight Tow Car' by Practical Caravan, What Car? and The Camping and Caravanning Club in the eleventh annual Tow Car Awards. A perfect pulling partner for owners of trailer campers and micro-caravans; the Hyundai i30 impressed the Tow Car Awards judges with its performance in the sub-1,400kg ...

THE ALL-NEW HYUNDAI KONA

THE ALL-NEW HYUNDAI KONA

Posted on: 14th Jun 2017

"The All-New KONA is not just another car among Hyundai Motor's established SUV range - it is an important milestone of our journey to become Asian automotive brand number one in Europe by 2021," says Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe. "With its true SUV genes, a progressive design and premium fea...

NEW HYUNDAI SANTA FE ENDURANCE: UNLEASH YOUR INNER EXPLORER WITH NEW LIMITED EDITION MODEL

NEW HYUNDAI SANTA FE ENDURANCE: UNLEASH YOUR INNER EXPL...

Posted on: 24th Apr 2017

Hyundai Motor UK announces the launch of a highly-equipped SUV perfect for those who consider every drive an expedition - the Sante Fe Endurance Edition. Sitting at the top of Hyundai's range, it celebrates a recent history-making drive by Patrick Bergel, the Great Grandson of legendary polar explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton.

DAMON

DAMON'S DESERVED SUCCESS

Posted on: 8th Mar 2017

The 10th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2017) - which celebrates Apprenticeships across all industries and all levels - runs from 6th to 10th March and this year the theme is 'ladder of opportunity.' This then would seem the perfect time to announce that Damon Powsey, an Apprentice working at WJ King's Vauxhall Dartford branch, wa...

HYUNDAI MOTOR PRESENTS AUTONOMOUS IONIQ AT THE 2017 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

HYUNDAI MOTOR PRESENTS AUTONOMOUS IONIQ AT THE 2017 GEN...

Posted on: 8th Mar 2017

After its successful test drives on the streets of Las Vegas, Hyundai Motor brings its Autonomous IONIQ model as an exhibit to the Geneva Motor Show 2017. The advanced autonomous IONIQ virtual reality cockpits will also give visitors the chance to experience a drive in an autonomous car on the stand.

NEW GENERATION HYUNDAI i30 TOURER: ELEGANCE MEETS VERSATILITY

NEW GENERATION HYUNDAI i30 TOURER: ELEGANCE MEETS VERSA...

Posted on: 22nd Feb 2017

This year's Geneva International Motor Show will be the stage for the unveiling of the New Generation Hyundai i30 Tourer. The new member of the i30 family maintains the timeless design of its five-door sibling, adding elegance and versatility in its body style.

HYUNDAI MOTOR UK REVEALS FULL PRICING AND SPECIFICATION OF THE NEW i10

HYUNDAI MOTOR UK REVEALS FULL PRICING AND SPECIFICATION...

Posted on: 14th Dec 2016

Hyundai Motor UK has officially announced the pricing and specification of the New i10, the latest iteration of its multi award-winning city car. External changes to the New i10 include the first implementation of the new Cascading grille, a feature which will define the exterior design of future Hyundai models. The redesigned front bumper also inc...

BRAND NEW HYUNDAI IONIQ AND MULTI-AWARD WINNING i10 SCOOP TRIPLE-WIN AT 2017 CARBUYER AWARDS

BRAND NEW HYUNDAI IONIQ AND MULTI-AWARD WINNING i10 SCO...

Posted on: 30th Nov 2016

Hyundai Motor has excelled in the 2017 Carbuyer awards scooping three awards for the Hyundai i10, IONIQ Hybrid and IONIQ Electric. The new IONIQ Hybrid was named Best Hybrid, the IONIQ Electric was awarded Best Road-Tax-Exempt and the multi-award winning i10 received the 'Best Car That's Cheap To Insure' title for the second consecut

WJ King support for The Fleet

WJ King support for The Fleet

Posted on: 27th Oct 2016

WJ King announce the renewal of its successful partnership with Ebbsfleet United FC of the Vanarama National League (South).

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY OPENS NEW PLANT IN CANGZHOU, CHINA

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY OPENS NEW PLANT IN CANGZHOU, CHIN...

Posted on: 19th Oct 2016

Hyundai Motor Company has opened its fourth manufacturing plant in China in the strategically-important city of Cangzhou in north eastern China. The new plant, Beijing Hyundai Motor Company Cangzhou Branch, has an annual capacity of 300,000 units.

THE NEW i10: MORE STYLE AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY FOR AN EVEN GREATER PACKAGE

THE NEW i10: MORE STYLE AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY FOR AN ...

Posted on: 6th Sep 2016

Hyundai Motor's successful i10 has been enhanced with new advanced active safety and connectivity features from the segments above, as well as modern design refinements, including the new signature Cascading front grille.

i20 TURBO EDITION ADDED TO HYUNDAI RANGE

i20 TURBO EDITION ADDED TO HYUNDAI RANGE

Posted on: 24th Aug 2016

Hyundai Motor UK has revealed pricing and specification details for its new i20 Turbo Edition. Designed, engineered and built in Europe, the i20 Turbo Edition will be priced from £12,975 OTR when it enters showrooms this August.

HYUNDAI MOTOR UK LAUNCHES SANTA FE TEAM WIGGINS EDITION

HYUNDAI MOTOR UK LAUNCHES SANTA FE TEAM WIGGINS EDITION

Posted on: 27th Jun 2016

Hyundai Motor UK has launched a limited run of special edition Sante Fe models to celebrate its exclusive partnership with Sir Bradley Wiggins' elite cycling team. Called the Sante Fe Team Wiggins Edition, just 500 examples will initially be available in July - each majoring on design and technology with subtle added detailing and high levels ...

HYUNDAI i10 NAMED

HYUNDAI i10 NAMED 'BEST CITY CAR' IN FLEET WO...

Posted on: 16th Jun 2016

The Hyundai i10 has won 'Best City Car' at the 2016 Fleet World Honours for the second consecutive year. Praised for its practicality, generous equipment and competitive running costs, the Hyundai i10 reigned supreme in one of the most competitive categories. Hyundai's strong fleet proposition is founded on low BIK banding and compet...

HYUNDAI IONIQ WINS PRESTIGIOUS 2016 RED DOT DESIGN AWARD

HYUNDAI IONIQ WINS PRESTIGIOUS 2016 RED DOT DESIGN AWAR...

Posted on: 16th Jun 2016

Hyundai Motor has once again received international acclaim in the prestigious Red Dot Design Awards. The groundbreaking new IONIQ model has been recognized for its outstanding design in the coveted Vehicle category, becoming the sixth Hyundai car to receive a Red Dot title in the last three years.

HYUNDAI MOTOR DEMONSTRATES ITS PASSION FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE AT THE 2016 BUSAN INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW

HYUNDAI MOTOR DEMONSTRATES ITS PASSION FOR HIGH-PERFORM...

Posted on: 13th Jun 2016

Hyundai Motor today reinforced its high-performance aspirations with the world premiere of RM16, its latest 'N' model concept, at the 2016 Busan International Motor Show in South Korea. Hyundai Motor's performance-focused exhibits, which included the Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo, hint at future N model characteristics.

HYUNDAI MOTOR NAMED

HYUNDAI MOTOR NAMED 'MOST IMPROVED FLEET MANUFACTU...

Posted on: 17th Mar 2016

Hyundai Motor UK has won the coveted 'Most Improved Fleet Manufacturer' award in the Fleet News Awards 2016. Hyundai's significant fleet business growth, product innovations, process improvements, and its high level of customer service were identified as central to the win.

TUCSON ADDS 1.7-LITRE HIGH-POWER DIESEL WITH 7-SPEED DCT TO LINE-UP

TUCSON ADDS 1.7-LITRE HIGH-POWER DIESEL WITH 7-SPEED DC...

Posted on: 1st Mar 2016

Hyundai's All New Tucson compact SUV, introduced to the European market in late 2015, will now offer a sixth powertrain option for the Tucson. An efficient 1.7-litre diesel with seven-speed double clutch transmission (7DCT) will be added to attract even more customers.

HYUNDAI MOTOR

HYUNDAI MOTOR'S ALL-NEW TUCSON WINS BEST MAINSTREA...

Posted on: 27th Jan 2016

Hyundai's All-New Tucson has been recognised as the 'Best Mainstream Small 4x4' in BusinessCar's annual awards. Uniquely, the awards are determined by the fleet industry itself, with the Tucson's striking design, cost-efficiency and practicality securing the top spot for Hyundai.

ALL-NEW TUCSON: FASTEST-SELLING HYUNDAI DRIVES SUCCESS OF EUROPEAN FACTORY

ALL-NEW TUCSON: FASTEST-SELLING HYUNDAI DRIVES SUCCESS ...

Posted on: 23rd Dec 2015

The All-New Tucson has become the fastest-selling Hyundai car in the UK and across Europe since its market launch in September this year. With over 10,000 orders in the UK and 85,000 orders in Europe, the new compact SUV contributes to Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC) factory continuing to operate at full capacity.

ALL-NEW HYUNDAI TUCSON WINS

ALL-NEW HYUNDAI TUCSON WINS 'BEST FAMILY CAR 2015&...

Posted on: 24th Nov 2015

The All-New Hyundai Tucson has been named 'Best Family Car 2015' by top technology reviews website, Recombu. Hyundai Motor's newest SUV, which replaced the outgoing ix35 in August, was recognised by a panel of journalists for its stylish design and outstanding level of standard equipment. Additionally, Tucson was applauded for its ab...

'NEW LUXURY'TAKES SHAPE - HYUNDAI MOTOR UNVEI...

Posted on: 11th Nov 2015

Hyundai Motor has revealed the first rendering of its new range-topping G90 luxury sedan, which is named EQ900 in Korea. The elegantly designed, technology packed G90 hints at the recently-launched Genesis brand's design identity and future direction.

Hyundai Shell World Rally Team prepares for season finale at Wales Rally GB

Hyundai Shell World Rally Team prepares for season fina...

Posted on: 12th Nov 2014

Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will bring its debut season in the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) to an end at Wales Rally GB next week, the final round of the year. Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC) and Hayden Paddon (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC) will be joined by Finn Juho Hänninen who returns behind the wheel of the #8 car after his la...

Hyundai Motor supports Tate Modern

Hyundai Motor supports Tate Modern's new Nam June ...

Posted on: 6th Nov 2014

Tate Modern opens a new display of works by Nam June Paik, a worldwide renowned artist widely considered to be the founder of video art. Hyundai Motor supports Tate Modern's acquisition of nine key works of the artist.

Hyundai Shell World Rally Team finishes Rally de Espa├▒a with all three cars in the top ten

Hyundai Shell World Rally Team finishes Rally de Espa&n...

Posted on: 30th Oct 2014

The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team gained valuable information on the last tarmac event of the season as the team continues to develop the Hyundai i20 WRC. Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville in close battles for fourth and sixth throughout the final day, eventually finishing fifth and sixth. Hayden Paddon secures his maiden stage victory and builds ...

Hyundai Motor celebrates 365 days and 4,000 laps at N├╝rburgring test centre

Hyundai Motor celebrates 365 days and 4,000 laps at N&u...

Posted on: 19th Oct 2014

Latest models, including New Generation i20, subjected to extensive testing. Over 80.000 km covered during testing on demanding Nürburgring circuit. Data and insight fed into current and future vehicle development Hyundai Motor is celebrating the first anniversary of the opening of its Nürburgring test centre. Having tested more than 2...

Mission accomplished for Hyundai Shell World Rally Team with three car finish in France

Mission accomplished for Hyundai Shell World Rally Team...

Posted on: 14th Oct 2014

The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has achieved its pre-rally objectives of a three car finish in this weekend's Rallye de France. Dani Sordo (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC) secured a top four finish after a tense end to the rally-long fight for fourth place with Robert Kubica. Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC) and Bryan Bouffier (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC...

Hyundai Motor provides a glimpse of the New Generation i20 Coupe

Hyundai Motor provides a glimpse of the New Generation ...

Posted on: 16th Sep 2014

Three-door model to join New Generation i20 family. Sketch reveals clear differentiation in design. Designed, engineered and built in Europe alongside five-door model. High Wycombe, 3 September - Hyundai Motor has revealed a first impression of the New Generation i20 Coupe, indicating how the company's model range will grow beyond the recen...