Sono Motors announces Bosch as partner for car connectivity
German mobility provider Sono Motors announced its partnership with Bosch, which will provide the Sion's central control unit and a software-based solution for its intelligent networking. The electric car with solar integration—reportedly the first ever to go into series production—has been designed with maximum efficiency for the user, offering car, ride, and power sharing.
The Sion's data connection with the cloud will be managed by a connectivity control unit (CCU) from the automotive supplier and by the Bosch Automotive Cloud Suite, which will also support a number of functions in the goSono app from Sono Motors. Cloud connectivity will also act as a basis for digital mobility services, such as charging electric cars and the eCall automated emergency call function.
"The mobility of the future must be devised in such a way that it is more climate and resource preserving and be considerably more efficient than it has been so far," said Roberto Diesel, Chief Technology Officer at Sono Motors. He added, "Private vehicles remain unused for 23 hours per day on average. They worsen the problems of limited inner-city parking space and are often used by one person alone. The integrated mobility functions are therefore a core part of our car concept."
The Sono Motors concept is based on the idea of making the vehicle accessible to as many users as possible. An intuitive mobile application integrating all the mobility services will allow users to share rides, energy, or even the car itself. Besides addressing environmental and climate protection, the company is attempting to tackle the problems of an overburdened infrastructure This offering of mobility-related services forms the second pillar of Sono Motors' business model, alongside car development and manufacturing as the first.
Sono Motors recently announced Continental as the supplier of the Sion's electric drive system and ElringKlinger as its partner for battery development and production. The company has so far received around 9300 partially paid preorders for the Sion. Production is scheduled to commence at the end of 2019.