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Hyundai and Kia will outfit their cars with solar panels
They'll charge batteries and improve fuel efficiency.

and about time to every little helps .
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Interesting idea, just have to wonder how much actual value it has. Most cars are parked far more hours than they're driven. Currently, my two spend most of their time in my garage. So do a lot of my neighbor's cars. Keeps them cleaner, cooler in summer, warmer in winter, and reduces risk of vandalism and theft. Back in my working days I never parked on the top deck of the parking garage unless there was no other choice. Neither did most folks who worked in the area, the upper deck rarely had more than a handful of cars on it.
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Here in the UK I'd say that solar roof panels are a good idea, hence why I keep a plug-in solar dash board panel on My little used 406 Coupe, to keep it topped up. Though totally agree with @Paul Beretta about keeping ones SLK out of the sun as much as possible, as it stops the UV damage....
Problem here in the UK is our garages are not generally large enough to fit model cars into (Even the R172 has a bigger back end than the R171....?) and hence why our residential streets are packed full with parked cars....

Here is how tight a typical GB 1970's garage is (The white lines are the width of the car..)
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Interesting idea, just have to wonder how much actual value it has. Most cars are parked far more hours than they're driven. Currently, my two spend most of their time in my garage. So do a lot of my neighbor's cars. Keeps them cleaner, cooler in summer, warmer in winter, and reduces risk of vandalism and theft. Back in my working days I never parked on the top deck of the parking garage unless there was no other choice. Neither did most folks who worked in the area, the upper deck rarely had more than a handful of cars on it.
A majority of cars are on the road being driven or as you say parked up a high percentage are parked outside or on the driveway .

So being driven its outside charging the solar panels and parked again topping up the cars batteries .
Eventually it will be on glass windows all round and on bonnet and boot etc

Theres tech out there already being looked at .

So if it adds X amount of range to the car is only a good thing .
Besides its FREE energy .

Unless the Govt tax us on the sun .
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Here in the UK I'd say that solar roof panels are a good idea, hence why I keep a plug-in solar dash board panel on My little used 406 Coupe, to keep it topped up. Though totally agree with @Paul Beretta about keeping ones SLK out of the sun as much as possible, as it stops the UV damage....
Problem here in the UK is our garages are not generally large enough to fit model cars into (Even the R172 has a bigger back end than the R171....?) and hence why our residential streets are packed full with parked cars....

Here is how tight a typical GB 1970's garage is (The white lines are the width of the car..)
Agree best thing for our cars are Garaged
But id imagine what 10 percent garage there cars in the uk ?
Maybe less than that .

Theres always a washing machine in there or step ladders or a spare tv amongs house hold stuff .
But never a car .
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in USA, payback on small scale solar panels is (up to) 20 years... TWENTY years! In some states there are incentives that bring that down to 6-to-8 years. That means you'd never see a penny back on your money spent for a LONGG time.

So how much more is the solar panel option going to cost??
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in USA, payback on small scale solar panels is (up to) 20 years... TWENTY years! In some states there are incentives that bring that down to 6-to-8 years. That means you'd never see a penny back on your money spent for a LONGG time.

So how much more is the solar panel option going to cost??
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If your next car is a new one no doubt it be a Hybrid or a full Electric car so id imagine it will come as standard later as the race to sell the next generation of cars mean $$$$$ to manufactures as sales of diesel fall and as such petrol in the next few years.
As the holy grail is distance now for Electric cars .

Usa will be a different to the uk / Europe for take up ?

and by the way Mercedes have used solar panels on there cars years back .
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I remember, when living in Phoenix, the Mazda 929 solar roof panel was a popular option even though the 929 itself was not particularly popular. Many businesses just had large surface parking lots, not multi-level garages. And, boy, did that asphalt get hot!

"The 1992 model Mazda 929 sedan isn't smart enough to come in out of the rain. But it has built-in intelligence so that when it`s parked in the sun all day it turns on its own fans to cool itself off.

The power to activate those fans comes from solar cells built into its glass moonroof.

In the wintertime, when there`s no need to cool itself off, the 929 uses the solar power instead to recharge the battery."
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I remember, when living in Phoenix, the Mazda 929 solar roof panel was a popular option even though the 929 itself was not particularly popular. Many businesses just had large surface parking lots, not multi-level garages. And, boy, did that asphalt get hot!

"The 1992 model Mazda 929 sedan isn't smart enough to come in out of the rain. But it has built-in intelligence so that when it`s parked in the sun all day it turns on its own fans to cool itself off.

The power to activate those fans comes from solar cells built into its glass moonroof.

In the wintertime, when there`s no need to cool itself off, the 929 uses the solar power instead to recharge the battery."
Im surprised Mercedes did not fit as standard a solar panel in these power hungry SLK
They managed to put in a secondary battery though .
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