Sono Motors presents Sion solar car in Munich
The Sion solar car from Sono Motors has a range of 250 km (155 mi) and retails at 16,000 € (less than $19,000), without battery. The battery can either be purchased in a one-time transaction of less than 4000 € ($4700), or at a monthly rent. Due to the comparatively low price, the car is intended to make electro mobility suitable for everyday use. Its special features are expected to make the Sion particularly appealing to families and urban commuters.
The car features a self-charging system, called viSono (from "Vision"). Through integrated solar cells, electricity is generated and charged into the battery, reaching up to 30 free kilometers per day.
According to the company, the "biSono" system (from "bi-directional") is another important feature. It allows the vehicle's battery not only to be charged, but also to supply energy, making the Sion a mobile power-station. With an output of 6.6 kW, even other electric cars can be charged.
Sono Motors sees the future of mobility in various sharing options. Therefore, the Sion will be equipped with three different mobility-services: powerSharing, carSharing, and rideSharing. Via a smart phone app, car rides and electricity can be offered to other users. In addition, it is possible to lend the Sion to other users for a certain time period.
After the release event, Sono Motors will start a test drive tour through Western Europe. Events will take place in 12 cities and six countries. The tour will start on the 18th of August in Munich.