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Ford imagines solar coverage to charge electric vehicles

Ford imagines and patents a solar blanket to charge its electric vehicles. Installed on the roof, it could completely cover the vehicle, and recharge the batteries using solar energy.

Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV
Credit: Ford Mustang Mach-E

Certainly, Ford has been very creative in recent months. After inventing a biker jacket that communicates with cars via emojis, the American manufacturer is currently working on another slightly crazy project: a inflatable solar cover for electric car. In any case, this is what a patent filed by the brand in November 2019 and published on May 14, 2020 suggests.

The documents, relayed by the community of the Mach E Club site, with reference to the Ford Mustang Mach-E, reveal a rather atypical device. This cover would be installed on the roof, and could deploy in order to completely cover the vehicle. Thanks to the presence of ” flexible thin film solar cells ยป, this “cocoon” could store solar energy to then convert it into electrical energy and recharge the batteries of the vehicle.

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Something to cocoon his Ford Mustang Mach-E

It seems that this invention is precisely intended for Mustang Mach-E, Ford’s future electric SUV. The manufacturer had then imagined integrating solar panels directly on the vehicle, but the lack of space on the roof dissuaded him from doing so. The project for this solar blanket came next. According to the patent, the solar cover would be capable to automatically retract in a dedicated storage compartment, once the driver wishes to resume driving.

Obviously, this invention raises many questions: how does the cover attach to the vehicle? What about high winds or vandalism? Will the temperature inside the cabin be close to that of a sauna after one hour of recharging? If so, should all the energy stored in the air conditioning be used up?

In any case, it is worth remembering that this is only a patent. Fact this invention may never see the light of day. Ford is only protecting an idea with great potential here.

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Source: Mach E Club

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