Ford solar car gives consumers green option

01/03/2014 11:27 AM

01/04/2014 6:19 PM

Ford Motor Co. provides some promising news for drivers who want to save money at the pump and help the environment.

Its new C-Max Solar Energi Concept Car will be unveiled next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The vehicle will have an estimated combined city-highway mileage of 100 miles to a gallon of gas.

The car uses a gas engine combined with solar panels mounted on the car roof, which act like a magnifying glass, The Associated Press reports.

Because of the solar power instead of the traditional plug-in for hybrids, the carmaker says that on a full charge the car can have a range of 620 miles, including 21 electric-only miles.

The solar addition will help motorists reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions, benefiting the planet. Ford and other automakers just need to include the same technology in all of vehicles so that more new car buyers can cash in on the benefits.

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