Start-up watch: Germany’s Sono Motors has unveiled its prototype battery- and solar-driven car which it is taking on a 12-city, six country European tour. The Sion totes a self-charging system, viSono, which generates energy via integrated solar cells to charge the battery, giving the car an additional 30km per day.
The Sion’s bodywork, including the roof, bonnet and rear comprise mono-crystalline silicon cells covered in polycarbonate.
The vehicle also has bi-directional charging facilities thanks to its biSono technology, which Sono says turns it into a ‘mobile power station’ which enables it to charge other cars. Drivers can offer energy to others via a dedicated smartphone app.
Plus there’s a large element of DIY. The company touts the wonders of reSono, a series of step-by-step manuals and videos to enable users to repair their Sions in case of problems.
First of all, Sono needs to rack up the 5,000 pre-orders it needs to kickstart production. The Sion comes in at €16,000 and the company will provide the battery at a monthly rate, or through a one-off, €4,000 purchase starting in 2019.
Sono is also launching a crowdfunding round beginning 18 August.