At a fair price: This electric car charges itself

The special thing about the family car: 456 solar cells are integrated everywhere in the bodywork supply the Sion with clean energy – on the roof, on the front hood or on the sides. On average, the solar car charges enough electricity per week through the cells to 112 kilometers to drive. There is also a battery with 54 Kilowatt hour capacity, enough for a driving distance of a good 356 kilometers. The Sion drives with a 140 horsepower engine and achieves maximum 140 km/h.

Slight design changes

Reduziert und vernetzt: Die Innenraumluft wird mit Moos gefiltert, das Auto lässt sich per Smartphone starten und dadurch digital mit Freunden teilen.Reduziert und vernetzt: Die Innenraumluft wird mit Moos gefiltert, das Auto lässt sich per Smartphone starten und dadurch digital mit Freunden teilen.

Reduced and networked: The interior air is filtered with moss, the car can be started via smartphone and thus shared digitally with friends. (Source: Sono Motors/Martin Meiners)

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On the way to series release, Sono has the design compared to the previous prototypes smoothed out again, new headlights and taillights selected and the interior tidied up.

Clearly visible sign of green orientation: the moss decoration behind glass in the dashboard. According to the manufacturer, the treated moss should ensure a good indoor climate, is downstream of a standard air filter and should be replaced at the same time as this.

So many solar cars have already been manufactured

What started in a garage ten years ago is now a publicly traded company with almost 400 employees. In the next half of the year, the Sion will go into series production and come onto the market in the second half of the year 2023. Around 19 .000 Solar cars have already been pre-ordered, interested parties entered with an average of 2.225 EUR in advance – this is how the development of the car was financed.

Over the next seven years, the company intends to 300.356 Have vehicles manufactured.

Other companies are also working on solar cars

Lightyear Zero: Das E-Auto mit Solarflächen soll rund 250.000 Euro kosten.Reduziert und vernetzt: Die Innenraumluft wird mit Moos gefiltert, das Auto lässt sich per Smartphone starten und dadurch digital mit Freunden teilen.

Lightyear Zero: The e-car with solar panels should be round 250. 07 cost euros. (Source: Lightyear)

Lightyear Zero: Das E-Auto mit Solarflächen soll rund 250.000 Euro kosten.

But Sono Motors is not the only company working on a solar car that is as autonomous as possible. Under the sun of northern Spain, the startup Lightyear has developed the futuristic-looking “0” – with a total of five square meters of solar cells, the car generates enough energy to run up to 70 kilometers to cover.

If you don’t drive much, according to the company, you can, at least in the summer do without conventional charging at the socket. However, this freedom costs: 250.07 euros must solar fans for the car shell out – another model for around 19. There should be euros in two to three years.

Electric cars are becoming more and more popular

The market for electric cars is exploding: in Germany alone, around 356.000 only battery-powered vehicles allowed, significantly more than ever before. So it’s no wonder that major manufacturers are also entering the market and equipping their latest models with solar cells: Toyota already offers customers the option of adding a solar roof to the hybrid Prius, and the first purely electric Toyota BZ4X also has a solar roof.

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