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On the Road with the Sun: Webasto Solar Roofs

Webasto is a pioneer for solar roofs in vehicles. The first solar roof was installed in an Audi 80 Coupé in 1989. Since then, the supplier has consistently relied on the technology and is once again making it a topic at the IAA 2021.

Stockdorf, Germany – September 6, 2021
– Solar technology is changing and Webasto is on board. The global automotive supplier is currently equipping a South Korean manufacturer’s various models with its solar roofs, and interest in the sustainable technology is growing.

For electric and hybrid vehicles, solar energy is a smart solution because it charges the battery, and solar power can be used directly for electric driving. Today's efficient solar cells produce significantly more electricity, which can charge the traction battery via intelligent battery management. As a result, the alternator is relieved, and fuel consumption is reduced. The carbon dioxide savings potential of solar roofs is also impressive. A gasoline engine emits an average of 3.8 g/km less carbon dioxide while a diesel vehicle around 2.65 g/km when a solar roof is on board for battery charging. This means that the solar roof is currently considered one of the most efficient eco-innovations on the market.

Experts from Webasto, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar and Energy Systems ISE, and the Sono Motors GmbH will be talking about the potential of solar power and its automotive future during a roundtable discussion, "Solar Energy in Electromobility - Potentials and Limits," on September 8, 1-1:30 p.m. at the Webasto booth (Odeonsplatz, OP 430) and on the Webasto Group's LinkedIn channel on September 9 at 5 p.m.

Contact for Media:                        
Webasto Group
Birgit Felske                                                                                                         
Spokeswoman Product & Technology                                                                                                                         
Phone: +49 89 8 57 94-51811                                    
E-Mail: birgit.felske@webasto.com

About Webasto

The Webasto Group is a global innovative systems partner to almost all automobile manufacturers and among the top 100 suppliers in this industry sector. The company’s product portfolio comprises a broad range of roof and heating systems for every type of vehicle and all drive types as well as battery systems and charging solutions. Moreover, Webasto has a strong position in the aftermarket providing dealers and end customers with customized solutions and services relating to thermo management and electromobility. In 2020 the company generated sales of around 3.3 billion euros and had over 14,000 employees at more than 50 locations (with over 30 of these being manufacturing plants). The headquarters of the company, founded in 1901, is located in Stockdorf near Munich (Germany).