Ford has unveiled at 2014 CES the C-MAX Solar Energi concept equipped with a solar roof panel.

Ford has unveiled at 2014 CES the C-MAX Solar Energi concept equipped with a solar roof panel.

The interesting concept is a plug-in hybrid with a battery pack that can be charged not only from an electrical outlet but also from the sun's power. It uses a specially developed concentrator which acts like a magnifying glass to direct the sun's rays to the solar panels mounted on the vehicle's roof.

According to the Blue Oval company, a day's worth of sunlight can provide the vehicle with the same level of performance offered by the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid which can do 108 MPGe city / 92 MPGe highway / 100 MPGe combined and offer a range of 620 miles (998 km). Ford says using this vehicle would reduce annual gas emission by four metric tons per owner each year.

The 2014 Ford C-MAX Solar Energi concept will be shown at CES and is the result of a collaboration between Ford, SunPower Corp. and Georgia Institute of Technology. The concept will be tested in the coming months to see if it’s production feasible.

Additional details are provided in the attached press release.

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Ford unveils C-MAX Solar Energi concept with solar panel roof at CES [video]