Alta Devices is excited to announce that we are working with Audi to integrate solar into the roofs of Audi cars. This is the first time Audi has used Alta Devices solar in its vehicles.
Audi is one of the most successful premium auto brands and also has Lamborghini and Ducati in its portfolio. In 2016 they sold over 1.8 million vehicles. This cooperation will further demonstrate that Alta devices solar technology can be used to power anything that drives, flies or is smart.
Demand for Alta’s technology will significantly increase through this application in the consumer vehicle market. It is expected to further drive and accelerate our global manufacturing expansion and scale up. This will increase our competitiveness in all markets including Small UAV, HALE UAV and Space.
Audi is a leader in the premium electric vehicle market with plans to bring three battery-powered electric vehicles to market by 2020. Demand for electric cars is increasing worldwide due to emissions standards, consumer preferences and technological advancements. Vehicle range is a key differentiator for electric car consumers in both the premium and non-premium markets.
As cars increasingly become more connected, safer and smarter their electric power needs are increasing. Most cars are exposed to the sun all day so the addition of solar is an excellent way to source additional power. Alta Devices holds the world record for solar efficiency. It is also flexible, lightweight and can be seamlessly integrated into aerodynamic and sleek designs making it ideal for automotive applications.
Initially, Alta’s solar will be integrated into the panoramic glass roof of Audi vehicles and be used to power auxiliary systems like air-conditioning or seat heaters which will extend the car’s range. In the future, Alta’s solar will cover the entire roof surface and could be used to directly charge Audi electric vehicle batteries. Alta and Audi are currently working on the first prototype which will be developed by the end of this year (2017).
We’re looking forward to shaping the solar car of the future with Audi.
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