(Yicai Global) July 4 -- Mr. Li Hejun, the 49-year old founder of the world's largest thin-film solar enterprise, Hanergy Holding Group Ltd., has rolled out four solar-powered cars that do not need charging piles, the latest achievement of the company's mobile energy strategy.
At the launch event in Beijing on July 2, Mr. Li drove a prototype 'Solar R.' The Solar series aims to redefine the energy structure for autos through the use of clean thin-film solar power generation technology, and ultimately go into mass production and the commercialization of solar vehicles.
He noted that thin-film solar cells are as slim and soft as paper, and can be integrated into cars, drones, cellphones, backpacks and clothes.
Mr. Li became China's richest man in 2015 when his wealth totaled CNY160 billion. But later that year, when a financial probe of Hanergy's listed company Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd. [HKG:0566] was announced, its share price plunged almost 47 percent in 20 minutes, losing him CNY115 billion (USD17.3 billion). The firm was subsequently investigated by the Hong Kong Securities & Futures Commission, and is still suspended from trading.