The Solar Electric Car for the Masses
An Electric Vehicle Powered by the Sun
As many of us electric car enthusiasts await Tesla’s Model 3 to hit the roads, there are few who are awaiting a different type of electric vehicle. An electric vehicle powered by the sun.
Meet Sion by Sono Motors, an innovative electric van with integrated solar cells in the body with a range of 250km and a price of less than $18,000 USD. The company states in their Kickstarter campaign (which has successfully closed), that the car would be able to get 30 free kilometers per day with electricity generated by the sun. The stored energy can be used through bidirectional charging for all common electronic devices.
Sion is a family friendly vehicle, thanks to 6 seats and optional trailer coupling. In Short: A self-charging electric car for infinite, sustainable driving. -Sion
So What is Sion?
It is a self-charging electric car with integrated photo-voltaic cells powered by the sun. The company claims you can get 30 ‘free’ km per day via the sun, and has a speed of up to 140 km/h.
The van is equipped with five doors and six family-friendly seats. There is also an optional trailer coupling which can support a load of up to 1300 kg.
And maintenance is a breeze. Through its ‘reSono’ system, you are guaranteed favorable maintenance costs due to inexpensive spare parts. All the components of the car can be reordered through sonomotors.com.
Further, the company is offering two different models:
- Model 1 Extender: $18,000
- Model 2 Urban: $14,000
SonoMotors aims to sell the vehicle in these select countries/regions:
• European Union
• Great Britain
As SonoMotors isn’t a large company, test drives will only take place in your respective country if there are more than 50 pre-orders there with it taking place in the capital of each country. With more than 200 pre-orders from a country, test drives are offered in several cities. The cities are chosen at the discretion of SonoMotors.
Further, the test drives are only offered in countries in which they plan to deliver the Sion.
Through Sion, the company’s biggest goal is to protect the environment. Sion takes a leading role in the field of sustainable mobility with the integrated use of solar cells, they ensure that a large part of the car’s energy comes from the sun.