Munich startup Sono Motors reveals Sion – a Solar EV


After a successful crowdfunding, Munich-based startup Sono Motors has revealed an electric vehicle capable of recharging its batteries from the sun.


The Sion’s polycarbonate body is covered with solar cells, which are not only on the roof but also on both sides of the vehicle, as well as on the hood and the rear. The total number of integrated solar cells are 330. The company says that the polycarbonate body is rust-proof and scratch proof.


The Sion is powered by an 80 kW (109 hp) motor and single-speed transmission, and has a range of 250 km (155 mi). Under proper conditions, the solar cells are claimed to generate enough energy, to cover 30 km per day. The Sion features bidirectional charging, which means that the vehicle can also charge electronic devices with up to 7.6 kW. The batteries can be rented on a monthly basis or can be purchased outright. There is also a trailer hitch with a towing capacity of 750 kg (1,653 lbs).


Interiors get a 10-inch infotainment system, AC, and a special moss integrated into the dashboard for air filtering.

The Sion is priced at €16,000, excluding the batteries. Production is planned in 2019, and the company is accepting pre-orders.

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