Sion Solar Electric Vehicle (SEV): An Overview

sono motors sion solar electric car

Is The Future Of Mobility Self-Charging Solar Electric Cars?  If Companies Like Sono Motors Succeed In Their Grand Ambitions, Then The Answer Is A Resounding Yes!  


Like the Netherlands based Lightyear solar car start-up, Germany based solar electric car start-up, Sono Motors GmbH is also looking to change e-mobility with the use of solar cells on its self-charging solar electric vehicle (SEV), called the Sion

The company was founded in 2016 by Jona Christians and Laurin Hahn with a vision to realise a future free of fossil fuels, with only electric and shared transportation.  Between 2016 and 2017, the Munich based company conducted crowdfunding campaigns and raised EUR 2 million.  It has come a long way since then, and in January 2020, the start-up raised EUR 50 million in 50 days.  

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Sion Solar Electric Car (credit: Sono Motors)
  • The all-electric front-wheel drive car is equipped with 248 integrated solar cells (monocrystalline silicon cells).  These cells are placed on the hood, fender, sides, roof and rear of the vehicle. At peak performance, the solar cells can generate up to 1.2 kilowatts.  The solar cells are protected by a robust, scratch-resistant polymer. 
  • The solar electric car has a 35 kWh lithium-ion EV battery.  The battery will be available to rent, lease or outright purchase. 
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Sion Solar Electric Car (credit: Sono Motors)
  • Estimated emission-free range is up to 155 miles (WLTP).  By way of comparison the Lightyear One solar car prototype has a zero-emission range of up to 354 miles on a single charge. However, Lightyear claims a potential range up to 450 miles for its production solar electric car. 
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Solar Range Sion Solar Car (credit: Sono Motors)
  • The self-charging Sono Motors solar range is up to 21 miles/ day.  The company claims the self-charging will help generate an additional range up to 3,600 miles per year using solar power
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Sion Solar Electric Car (credit: Sono Motors)
  • The battery-electric vehicle can be charged via a dedicated charging point (up to 50 kW DC and 11 kW AC).  The EV can be rapid charged up to 80% in 30 minutes using CCS.
  • The solar green car has a 120 kW motor (163 HP) and capable of a top speed up to 87 miles per hour.  0-62 mph in under 9 seconds (torque: 270 Nm). 
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Sion Solar Electric Car (credit: Sono Motors)
  • Features will include, anti-lock braking system, ESP with traction control, electronic power steering, infotainment system with integrated connectivity and mobility services/ goSono systems (powerSharing, rideSharing, carSharing).
  • The EV will come with a standard warranty of 2 years or 100,000 kms.
  • The solar electric car will be manufactured in Europe (Sweden) using 100% renewable energy.  Total number of Sion SEVs to be manufactured are 257,000.   So far the solar electric vehicle manufacturer claims to have received 13,000 pre-orders. Production will commence second half 2021.
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Sion Solar Electric Car (credit: Sono Motors)
  • The first production Sion vehicles will be completed end 2021.  The solar electric cars will be used to conduct approvals etc.  Customer deliveries are expected to commence in early 2022.   

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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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