Back to mid-2018, we had a post about Sono Motors startup which we said: “the project started in a garage with three enthusiastic students and they are ready to deliver the first product in 2019”. Yesterday they fulfilled their promise.
According to Electrek news, yesterday Sono Motors unveiled an updated production design of the Sion, its electric car partially powered by solar panels on the vehicle. The Sion is equipped with both a battery pack, which can be charged like a regular electric car and also a system of integrated solar cells that can charge the vehicle – albeit slower.
Adding solar to electric vehicles has so far been mostly superficial and was mainly used to power some auxiliary systems, like on the Fisker Karma and the Toyota Prius, but Sono claims that it adds up to 30 km per day.
Sono previously said that it would start €16,000 (~$18,000 USD), but buyers would have to pay an additional fee to acquire the battery pack or pay a monthly fee – similar to the scheme used by Renault with the Zoe in France.
The vehicle is expected to go into production later this year. ——————–***——————–
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Date: Mar 05, 2019 @ 10:42
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