37 event days planned in 18 cities in the Netherlands and the core market of Germany, comprising some 3,500 test drives.
16th August 2018 – Just a few weeks after the conclusion of a test drive tour around Europe lasting several months, the Munich-based mobility provider Sono Motors has announced another series of test drives of the Sion electric car encompassing a total of 18 cities in the Netherlands and Germany. This is the company’s response to the increasing interest being shown in its sustainable mobility concept by a growing community. The series of events will get under way in Fürth on 1 September and the Netherlands part of the tour will start in Maastricht on 7 September.
The compact car Sion is an electric vehicle with solar modules incorporated into the bodywork that use the sun to generate a range of up to 30 kilometers a day – self-charged and in addition to its basic range of 255 kilometers according to WLTP standard. With a range that is suitable for daily use, a purchase price of 16,000 euros (not including the battery) and the integrated sharing functions, the vehicle is designed to appeal in particular to families and city commuters. So far, the company has received approximately 7,000 vehicle reservations.
‘We passed the 5,000 reservations mark in June, thereby wrapping up a crucial phase,’ says Laurin Hahn, CEO and one of the founders of Sono Motors. ‘This tour is our way of catering to the overwhelming demand for test drives. We will therefore be offering additional test drives in our core market of Germany again on our way to the Netherlands. The Netherlands itself is a very interesting market for us as it is considered a pioneer in the field of electromobility. We therefore believe there is a great deal of potential for an electric car like the Sion and we look forward to entering the market,’ Hahn adds.
Anyone interested in getting behind the wheel of the Sion and meeting the team can register for their preferred date on the Sono Motors website. There will be two prototypes and an eight-strong team present at each of the event days to provide information on the car and the company, solar integration and the mobility and sharing functions.
In all, approximately 3,500 test drives will be conducted in the following cities during the tour:
Fürth (1–2 September 2018), Darmstadt (3–4 September 2018), Siegburg (Bonn) (5–6 September 2018), Maastricht (7–8 September 2018), Eindhoven (9–10 September 2018), Delft (11–12 September 2018), Almere (13–14 September 2018), Groningen (15–16 September 2018), Hengelo (19–20 September 2018), Detmold (21–22 September 2018), Hildesheim (23–24 September 2018), Göttingen (25–26 September 2018), Fulda (27–28 September 2018), Heilbronn (29–30 September 2018), Memmingen (3–4 October 2018), Weilheim / eRUDA (5 October 2018), Passau (9–11 October 2018) and Munich (13 October 2018).
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Sono Motors is on a mission to enable a revolutionary mobility system, where every electric vehicle is solar, shared, and independent from fossil-fuels. Today, an experienced specialist team is developing a forward-looking electric car that is suitable for daily use, the Sion. Both the Sion’s integrated solar technology and innovative mobility services will enable users to access clean mobility, harness solar energy and reduce CO2 impacts.
Sono Motors was founded in 2016 and has rapidly grown to more than 200 employees today. The team combines a range of burgeoning global talent with industry veterans, including former employees from BMW, Nissan, Chrysler, Daimler, Audi, Mozilla, Sixt, FlixBus and mytaxi. Since its foundation, the company has raised approximately €100 million through reservations and funding. The company released its first generation Sion prototype in 2017 and has amassed 14,000 reservations with advance payments. In 2018, Sono Motors was recognized as a Solar Impulse Efficient Solution by the Solar Impulse Foundation. In January of 2020, Sono Motors successfully closed one of the largest community crowdfunding campaigns in Europe.
Sono Motors’ Sion intends to blend disruptive technology with affordability to enable individual contribution to global sustainability. The Sono solar technology replaces traditional paint with proprietary integrated solar panels that can form to various applications. Additionally, the Sion’s solar panels can add 112 km or 70 mi on average (up to 245 km or 152 mi) of additional driving range per week to the car’s battery. The Sion is expected to have the lowest TCO (total cost of ownership) in its category at the start of production, which is scheduled for the first half of 2023.