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28 July 2017

Sono Motors Introduces First-Ever Production Solar Car

Startup automaker Sono Motors has just presented the first-ever production-ready solar car.

Sono launched the Sion yesterday in Munich. After the event, it will be going on a tour through 12 cities in Western Europe. Full production and sales are scheduled for 2019.

The Sono Motors Sion has 330 solar cells covering the bodywork. That’s enough solar to produce around 18 miles of range in a single day of charging.

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If 18 miles doesn’t sound like much range, the Sono also has a battery that can be charged from a plug like a conventional EV. The car has a 30 kilowatt-hour battery pack, which Sono said will give the Sion a 155 mile (250 km) range on the easy going European test cycle. Range in the U.S. if it were to come here, while not stated by the maker, could maybe be around 100 miles or more.

Also unusual is the Sono sales model. When the Sion goes on sale in 2019, it will retail for $18,050 (€16,000). That price doesn’t include the battery. The battery can be purchased for around $4,500 (€4,000) with the car, or it can be rented on a monthly basis. Sono said that separating the purchases will help ensure the buyer has the latest battery tech if they want it.

Sono also said that the Sion can be used as a mobile power station. Using a standard household plug, the Sion can power devices with up to 2,700 watts. Using the proper plug, it can even charge other electric cars.

The Sion will have seating for five and the ability to tow a trailer up to 1,650 lbs. It has a 107 hp motor and a top speed of 87 mph (140 km/h).

The Sion comes as the result of an Indigogo crowd funding campaign that raised nearly $700,000 last year. The company also received 1,100 pre-orders as a result of that campaign.

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