Audi Teams Up With Hanergy to Develop Solar for Vehicles

Audi Teams Up With Hanergy to Develop Solar for Vehicles

James Boynton

Date: Thu, 08/31/2017 - 11:04 / Keywords: Audi, Hanergy

German carmaker Audi AG [FWB:NSU] has signed a memorandum of understanding with Alta Devices Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chinese solar firm Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd. [HKG:0566], the latter said on Aug. 23.

The pair will first look to integrate thin-film cells into panoramic car roofs, which will help increase the vehicle’s driving range and make it easier to power on-board features, such as air conditioning. They will also look to use the cells to power the entire vehicle, which would help Audi in its goal for zero-emissions mobility and increase the proportion of solar energy used worldwide.

The two firms hope to roll out a prototype car with a thin-film powered roof by the end of this year.

Dr. Bernd Martens, Audi’s board member for procurement, believes that if the duo can use solar energy to directly charge a vehicle’s traction battery, it would be “a milestone along the way to achieving sustainable, emission-free mobility.”

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Keywords: Audi, Hanergy