German mobility startup Sono Motors has presented its solar car Sion in Munich. The car, which is sold without a battery, has a range of 250 km and will retail at €16,000.
The battery can either be bought for the one-time price of €4,000, or acquired via monthly rental. The Sion is designed to appeal to families and commuters, and via its low price aims to popularise electric mobility, in Germany and beyond.
A notable feature is the self-charging system, called viSono: integrated solar cells generate electricity and charge into the battery, reaching up to 30 free kms per day. As Sono Motors itself puts it: “The Sion is the first electric car capable of recharging its batteries from the sun. From now on, you’ll never have to worry about range”.
The Sion is also fitted with a system called biSono, allowing for bi-directional charging. With an output of 6.6 kW, it could even charge other electric cars.
As Sono Motors sees sharing as the future of mobility, the Sion comes equipped with three mobility services: powerSharing, rideSharing and carSharing. An app allows Sion users to share power, rides and even the car itself with other users.
From 18 August, the Sion will make an introductory tour across Europe, starting from Munich and visiting 12 cities in six countries.
Image: Sono Motors