Sono Motors unveils a new and improved production design of its Sion solar EV

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During its inaugural “Celebrate the Sun” assemblage lawsuit held successful Munich today, Sono Motors debuted the accumulation plan of its upcoming Sion star EV. Not to beryllium outdone, Sono Motors followed up with an further satellite premiere, unveiling its caller “Solar Bus Kit” that tin beryllium retrofitted connected existing metropolis buses to assistance trim c emissions.

Sono Motors is simply a German automotive startup founded successful 2016 that focuses specifically connected star electrical vehicles and star compartment technology. Through an integration of proprietary star panels into the exterior of its flagship Sion SEV, it tin stitchery an further 70 to 150 miles of scope per week from the prima alone.

It’s been a agelong but progressive travel for the Sion, which began arsenic a task retired of a store by cofounders Laurin Hahn and Jona Christians. We astatine Electrek archetypal covered the Sion successful its archetypal iteration erstwhile it was inactive being crowdfunded.

Since then, we’ve since seen a 2nd procreation prototype and upgrades to the battery, not to notation respective partnerships to integrate Sono’s star exertion into different vehicles, arsenic good arsenic bidirectional charging solutions for the home.

This past spring, Sono shared that its Sion star EV had entered its series-validation phase, consisting of thirty-seven SEVs, immoderate of which are afloat builds and immoderate conscionable body-in-white for investigating purposes. Out of these bid validation vehicles, a accumulation plan has emerged.

As Sono Motors celebrates the prima successful Germany today, it has officially unveiled its latest upgrades to the Sion star EV arsenic it moves ever person to bid production.

Sono Motors’ Solar EV reached accumulation plan phase

Sono unveiled the revamped star EV to a assemblage of implicit 2,000 successful Munich today, during its inaugural “Celebrate the Sun” event. The upwind successful the mid-90s (℉) and grounds highs passim Europe tin service arsenic a timely and sobering reminder of clime change, echoing the request for sustainable solutions similar star EVs louder than ever.

According to Sono Motors, the last accumulation plan of Sion received large enhancements to some its exterior and interior, including less lines and clearer surfaces. The exterior includes caller headlights (with a caller daylight stripe) and rear lights, a caller bottommost sideline design, caller rear camera, and revamped charging lid successful the front.

Additionally, you’ll announcement caller doorway handles (seen above) donning the words “made to beryllium shared.” There are tiny imprinted messages astir the caller star EV successful its accumulation design, 1 of the caller elements Sono Motors cofounder and CEO Laurin Hahn was particularly excited astir erstwhile we interviewed him:

I conscionable saw a photograph from a workplace sprout with Jona for the archetypal clip and we thought, ‘Wow, that’s nice! We emotion that. We emotion that caller design.’ And that’s lone the plan changes. On the engineering side, there’s rather a batch arsenic well.

It’s fantastic to perceive genuine excitement from the cofounders arsenic they ticker what was erstwhile a solar-powered imagination alteration into reality. Here are immoderate of those engineering specs:

The outer ammunition of Sono’s star EV consists of 456 seamlessly integrated star half-cells Solar vigor tin widen the estimated scope (305 km /190 mi) by an mean of 112 km (70 mi) per week, but tin spell arsenic precocious arsenic an 245 further km (152 mi) per week Sion accumulation plan has a 54 kWh LFP battery Max charging capableness of up to 11 kW (AC) and 75 kW (DC) Sono states German commuters volition beryllium capable to complaint their Sion up to 4 times little than EVs of the aforesaid people and akin artillery size The Sion star EV tin present bidirectional charging to powerfulness physics devices, homes oregon different electrical cars astatine an AC output of up to 11 kW

In our interview, we asked Hahn astir the bidirectional charging and its imaginable for vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capabilities successful which a Sion proprietor could realistically stitchery escaped vigor from the sun, store it successful their star EV, past merchantability it backmost to the electrical institution during highest hours.

The Sono cofounder and the squad said that V2G is surely the anticipation 1 day, but determination is truthful overmuch reddish portion to get done earlier then. By delivering this car successful the EU, determination volition beryllium dozens of antithetic markets, each with their ain authorities and regulations to get done earlier anyone tin merchantability excess vigor backmost to the grid. Even so, the exertion is already contiguous successful the accumulation plan SEV and tin hopefully beryllium activated someday via an OTA update.

Next steps

Sono Motors is presently gathering retired its fleet of series-validation star EVs astatine Bertradt adjacent its Munich HQ. Testing is already underway and volition proceed nether utmost conditions successful the EU and the US. This volition see clang tests and refining driving dynamics connected nationalist roads, each portion optimizing its star technology. Speaking of which…

Source: Sono MotorsSono Motors unveils Solar Bus Kit

In summation to debuting the accumulation plan mentation of the Sion star EV, Sono Motors celebrated the prima with a 2nd satellite premiere – the Solar Bus Kit. This is simply a implicit retrofit star solution that tin acceptable astir 12 metre nationalist transport buses successful Europe to assistance trim diesel depletion and CO2 emissions.

Although the Solar Bus Kit can’t marque a diesel autobus wholly emissions-free (yet), it tin partially powerfulness systems onboard similar HVAC to prevention substance and concurrently, emissions. According to Sono, its kit tin prevention up to 1,500 liters of diesel and up to 4 tons of CO2 per bus, per year. All from star panels totaling astir 8 quadrate meters successful size. Fellow Sono cofounder and CEO Jona Christians spoke:

Our star exertion is already contributing to clime extortion and reducing CO2 emissions for galore partners. In Munich, for example, we are collaborating with the city’s nationalist transport institution and are thereby supporting the city’s cleanable aerial targets. Such concern projects show the imaginable of our exertion for the transport sector. We’re arrogant to observe the unveiling of our caller star product, the ‘Solar Bus Kit,’ which volition genuinely propulsion our ngo of making each conveyance a star conveyance to the adjacent level. The all-new Solar Bus Kit allows america to fortify our star concern by maximizing the scalability of our exertion to a immense market: the nationalist and backstage autobus fleet sector. It besides represents a milestone connected our way toward a satellite without fossil fuels.

Sono Motors’ Sono Solar Technology arm continues to grow its customized B2B solutions to a radical that present consists of 19 partners astir the globe including MAN Truck & Bus and Reefer Group subsidiary, CHEREAU. Sono Motors said it volition stock much details of the Solar Bus Kit during IAA Transportation successful September.

In speaking with the Sono squad successful our interview, they are precise invested successful continuing to physique retired their 2 pillar concern approach, processing and gathering Solar EVs, but besides implementing their star exertion onto different vehicles. From time one, promoting sustainability and zero-emissions has been the goal, and Sono Motors is delivering a one-two punch connected some fronts.

As of July 1, Sono Motors was reporting implicit 19,000 reservations for the Sion star EV, equating to nett income of €417 cardinal (~$426M) if each and each 1 of those reservations were to travel to fruition. Despite price increases earlier this year, Sono inactive expects the Sion to person 1 of the lowest full costs of ownership (TCOs) successful the medium-size conveyance segment.

Production remains connected way to statesman successful the 2nd fractional of 2023 astatine Valmet’s manufacturing facilities successful Finland. As the 2 companies enactment unneurotic to ramp up Sion production, they are aiming to nutrient 257,000 SEVs wrong 7 years. Below is the motorboat video of Sono Motors’ accumulation plan Sion star EV:

Electrek’s Take

Even successful the little than 2 years I’ve been pursuing Sono Motors, it has travel a agelong way. I was successful Munich earlier this period and had the accidental to beryllium 1 of the archetypal (if not the first?) radical extracurricular of the institution to spot the accumulation plan of the Sion up close.

After seeing the archetypal 2 prototypes wrong and retired wrong the Sono HQ lobby, I tin accidental that this latest iteration is simply a large upgrade, particularly successful presumption of being production-ready. It looked truthful overmuch much polished and professional, from the caller headlights, to the revamped interior. The star panels are besides getting brainsick adjacent to becoming unnoticeable wrong the exterior panels, particularly from afar. That is thing the squad told maine it has been continuously moving connected to improve.

If you look successful the interior images above, you’ll announcement a caller constituent crossed the apical of the moss display. The moss itself tin present beryllium removed, and Sion owners volition beryllium capable to customize their small terrarium with immoderate they’d like, adding a caller furniture of customization to the Solar EV. The caller constituent supra is made of recycled worldly (I would inactive similar to spot much of that, but Sono is decidedly trying to support costs down for consumers).

That’s thing I genuinely respect astir the company’s attack to SEVs. When Laurin Hahn gave maine the circuit astir Bertradt, truthful galore of the basal components were manufactured by 3rd parties, and wherefore shouldn’t they be? I emotion that Sono Motors is trying to revolutionize EVs by adding star technology, but not trying to reinvent the full “wheel” truthful to speak, by gathering a wholly caller conveyance from the crushed up.

If sourcing doorway hinges from determination other saves outgo and the Sono squad much clip to enactment connected what it does best, I deliberation its businesslike and smart. Solar EVs are nascent tech already, and adoption volition instrumentality time, truthful being capable to present a family-friendly Sion that doesn’t interruption the slope volition beryllium vital.

Sono is alert of that and is doing each it tin to support costs down portion inactive delivering an SEV of the utmost quality. I’m looking guardant to my archetypal trial drive.

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