Kia introduces the new electric hybrid concept vehicle to the world of green energy, which features a range of 746 miles and utilizes solar energy for some of its smaller functions.

The Kia Ray, which was debuted Thursday at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show, is one of Kia Motors America’s first forays into hybrid vehicles that will offer an array of green technologies designed to reduce its carbon footprint compared to more conventional vehicles.

In addition to its plug-in capabilities that can boost the 153-horsepower engine’s fuel economy to 202 miles-per-gallon, the car also features solar cells that are located in the vehicle’s glass on its roof. When the car is parked, the cells generate a small charge of solar energy to operate cooling fans to reduce the vehicle’s interior temperature.

“It is important to imagine what people will want in the future from a green perspective early in the design process, because people want to reduce their carbon footprint without driving carbon copies,” said Peter Schreyer, chief design officer, Kia Motors Corporation.

Nano-laminate films and other cooling materials on the vehicle’s windows are also designed to reduce heat in the interior, which in turn will reduce the use of air conditioning and the release of greenhouse gases.

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