Hanergy Glory Solar Technology recently concluded a successful 30-day trial of the Chinese K-Car at the China Automotive Technology and Research Center.
During the monthlong test drive period, at the end of each day's 20-kilometer run, the Chinese K-Car retained 60-80 percent of battery charge, which means the car could still run a further 30 to 80 kilometers on that day. On the final test day, despite an 8-day stretch of overcast or rainy weather, the battery still retained 60 percent of power, demonstrating that it is generating power even under weak light conditions and considered as an irreplaceable feature of solar thin-film.
"We are on a constant lookout for models that can maximize the solar performance," Dr. Lu Tao, CEO of Hanergy Glory Solar Technology Company, said in a press release. "We hope to get more models to install our unique lightweight thin-film solar solution. Besides, we are currently also looking for partners and investors to develop diverse electric vehicles to increase the solar vehicle portfolio to contribute toward a sustainable world."
Hanergy Glory Solar Technology signed a sales contract for 140,000 express-delivery cars with Zhejiang Tianyou Company on Sept. 25.
Apart from proposing the concept of "Plug-In Never," a solution that would be addressing the challenge faced by traditional electric-vehicle owners relying on charging stations, Hanergy has also announced its plan to raise $25 million for 15 percent of its company share to fund its solar car program, which includes enhancement of its research and development in solar vehicle power systems.