Ford Files Patent for EV-Charging Car Shield
May 22, 2020—Ford filed a patent for a roof-mounted device that cocoons the entire parked car in shield of solar panels, reported Electrek.
This shield was first debuted by the automaker in 2014 at CES. At the time, Ford claimed it could produce 8 kW of power.
In the patent today, the roof-mounted device is an auto-covering fabric with flexible thin-lay solar cells. It gets unfolded via an inflation pump, which is self-powered by the sun.
The device would deploy from a rooftop box and cover a broader area than a tarp could.