New Solar-boosted concept car

They used to say "Ford has a better idea". Now it's about to unveil its new solar-powered concept car. It offers the same performance as a plug-in hybrid, without the need for a plug.

The C-Max Solar Energy Concept Car uses a gasoline engine combined with a device that concentrates the sun's rays on the vehicle's roof-mounted solar panels.

Ford says the vehicle's estimated mileage is 100 mpg. A full day of sunshine is equivalent to a four-hour battery charge.

The automaker plans to introduce the car in Las Vegas next week.

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