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Family-friendly electric car with integrated solar cells

05 August 2016

SONO MOTORS presents the Sion, integrated with solar cells it can recharge itself and provide surplus energy for all electronic devices.

Sion commuter (Credit: SONO MOTORS)

Electro mobility is currently experiencing a strong boost. Until recently, however, no electric car has been available on the market that is suitable for everyday use and also cost-effective. The Munich start-up SONO MOTORS presents a family-friendly electric car called Sion, online on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo

With a range of 250km, a price of £13,554 (€16,000) and the integration of solar cells in the body, the vehicle should be of particular interest to middle class people. Over this crowdfunding campaign, funds will be collected in order to reproduce the prototype for crash tests and trial runs. Through a subsequent presale in 2017, enough capital should be generated for the production of the Sion in compounds with existing automotive manufacturers and suppliers.

The five-door compact van is a pure electric car with a battery capacity of 30kWh and a fast charge performance with up to 43kW, so even long-distance and holiday trips pose no problem. However, the innovation is a unique self-charging system called viSono which charges the Sion by solar cells through the sun. With an area of 7.5m² enough electricity is generated to last for an additional 30 free kilometres in one day. Short: A self-charging electric car.

Bidirectional charging - The Sion can not only be charged with electricity, but can also provide electricity at any time. The Sion is therefore a mobile power storage. Using a household plug, it is possible for current consumption of all common electronic devices with up to 2,000W. 

reSono - A maintenance system called reSono guarantees favourable maintenance costs due to inexpensive spare parts. An instruction catalogue and a tutorial video will be provided, intended to guarantee that even a layman can install spare parts into the vehicle without major automotive knowledge. But that does not mean the customer has to repair the Sion alone. The royalty free disclosure of the workshop manual is to enable brand independent car-repair shops all over the world to repair the Sion. This results in a very well developed service network from the very beginning, which guarantees you a cost-effective repair of the vehicle. The customer can simply go to the repair shop around the corner with the Sion.

Pricing 

There are two variations of the Sion: 

Sion interior cockpit (Credit: SONO MOTORS)

• Extender - 250km range (30kWh), targeted price: £13,554 (16,000 €) 

• Urban - 120km range (14,4KWh), targeted price: £10,168 (12,000 €) 

Other features: 

• Practicality - six seats, each individually folded down. 

• A large trunk. Optional trailer coupling. 

• Display - A central, ten inch display allows you to connect your smartphone via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and to have all your apps, your music and your contacts immediately at hand. 

• breSono - The breSono system is a unique moss integrated into the dashboard, that is used as a natural air filter.

For more information, visit SONO MOTORS.


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