Round-Up: Hyundai solar roof charger, Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV prices, Ssangyong fleet deal

Hyundai to fit EVs with a solar roof charger

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Hyundai has announced plans to offer electric vehicles with a solar roof charging system in the future.

The Korean brand said the technology “will provide vehicles with additional electrical power, as well as increasing efficiency and driving range.”

The solar roof system includes a structure of silicon solar panels that are mounted on the car’s roof. Hyundai said the solar roof system can charge 30 to 60% of the battery per day and with 6 hours of daily charging, it is expected to increase drivers’ travel distance by an extra 1,300 km annually.

Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV priced from £35,590

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Vauxhall has confirmed its first-ever plug-in hybrid model, the Grandland X Hybrid4 is priced from £35,590.

Due into showrooms in January, the model is powered by two electric motors, a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery and a 1.6 four-cylinder petrol engine which produces a combined 300hp.

Together, the petrol engine and electric motors offer a combined fuel consumption  of 176.5mpg, and emits  36g/km of CO2 and in pure electric mode, the car has a range of 32 miles, Vauxhall added.

With a 7.4kW wallbox, the battery can be fully recharged in less than two hours, the firm added.

Ssangyong wins Highways England fleet deal

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SsangYong has won a fleet deal to supply 32 Musso vehicles to Highways England which will be deployed in the north west, the south and the midlands.

Ssangyong said the Mussos have been specifically modified and are fitted with hi-vis orange and yellow livery, 360-degree lighting including a roof mounted lightbar, and are compliant with R65 Lighting & Chapter 8 legislation.

Nick Laird, managing director of SsangYong Motors UK, said: “It is a huge achievement for SsangYong to be recognised for its cost-effective, versatile and reliable products, especially from such a high profile and credible organisation. Our business introduced a fleet strategy 12-months ago with a focus on public sector, utilities and operational fleets – it’s an area which, with our product line-up and company structure, we can compete successfully, offer flexibility, and really add value.”