German automaker Sono Motors recently unveiled the first images of its Sion series design as part of a broad online release. The focus was placed on the full-surface incorporation of solar modules into the bodywork—one of the vehicle's unique features that have influenced its design. The solar cells are designed to meld seamlessly into the vehicle's surface and can generate a reported 34 km (21 mi) of additional range a day at peak performance.
"After unveiling our first prototype in summer 2017, we continued to develop our solar integration technology, which we have been working on since 2016," explained Mathieu Baudrit, Head of Research and Development, Solar Integration, at Sono Motors. "The production vehicle will feature full-surface integrated solar cells that are embedded in hard-wearing, resilient polymer and that contribute to the vehicle's design aesthetic thanks to optimized color matching."