German EV startup Sono Motors to launch ‘Sion’ solar-powered car in 2019

German EV startup Sono Motors to launch ‘Sion’ solar-powered car in 2019

With Germany targeting a figure of 1 million electric vehicles (EVs) cars on its roads by the year 2020, Munich-based EV start-up Sono Motors has efforts underway to launch its solar-powered electric car ‘Sion’ in 2019.

The forthcoming Sion solar-powered electric car from Sono Motors will have ‘self-charging’ capability --- that is, it can get charged while driving. The recharging of the car will be possible via solar power, conventional electric charging points, as well as other EVs.

The Sion will have a unique look, thanks to the 330 solar cells integrated into its bodywork. The solar cells will be built into the roof, bonnet and side panels of the car, to altogether underscore a 7.5 square-metre area.

According to Sono Motors, one of the noteworthy features of the Sion will be a special kind of Icelandic moss integrated into the car’s dashboard. The moss will naturally filter out the dust particles in the air and regulate in-car humidity.

The Sion will be available in two versions --- the ‘Urban’ version which will have a range of up to 120km (75 miles); and the ‘Extender’ version which will have a range of up to 250km (155 miles). Both the versions of the Sion will be able to generate up to 30km of range per day from the solar panels. The cost of the Sion will start at approximately €16,000.