Ford to unveil solar hybrid concept car at CES

Ford to unveil solar hybrid concept car at CES

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US Alan Mulally, President and CEO of the US Ford motor company kisses the hood of a Ford S-Max concept car during a key note speech "The Smart car, intuitive, connected and safe" at the 53rd IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) electronics trade fair in Berlin on September 6, 2013. IFA, Europe's largest consumer electronics and home appliances fair opens on September 6 to September 11, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on January 2, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 10:49 AM

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Ford plans to unveil at this month's International CES gadget show a solar-powered concept car that offers the same performance as a plug-in hybrid but without the need for a plug.

   The C-MAX Solar Energi Concept car uses a gasoline engine combined with a gizmo that acts like a magnifying glass to concentrate the sun's rays on the vehicle's roof-mounted solar panels. The automaker says the vehicle's estimated combined city-highway mileage is 100 mpg.

   Ford says that by using solar power instead of an electric plug, a typical owner will reduce their annual greenhouse gas emissions by four metric tons.

   The company says it sold about 85,000 hybrid or electric vehicles in 2013, including 6,300 units of its C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid.

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