First Light Electric Vehicle Prototype From ARI Motors With Solar Integration Premieres at the Intersolar Exhibition From 6-8 October in Munich
The Solar Integration on the Cargo Box of the Prototype Will Be Providing up to 450 Watts Peak, Enabling a Range Extension of 20 km on Average per Day
Another Premiere: Sono Motors Signs First LOI With a Maritime Boat OEM, Wallaby Boats
6 October 2021 – Munich-based solar mobility provider Sono Motors has presented its newest solar prototype together with ARI Motors at the Intersolar exhibition, Europe’s largest solar exhibition. Sono Motors has installed PV technology on the so-called “ARI 458 Kofferaufbau, L”, a light electric vehicle designed for last-mile delivery and urban transportation in cities, parks, industrial areas or airports. Five photovoltaic (PV) modules made of ultra-thin, chemically-stressed front glass will provide up to 450 watts of energy at peak performance to provide power to the vehicle. The solar integration will give the vehicle a daily average of 20 km of additional range under normal weather conditions in Munich, and up to 48 km at peak weather conditions in summer months.
“Sono Solar - Sono Motors’ B2B unit - is a one-stop-shop for vehicle integrated photovoltaics (ViPV) and our aim is to make every vehicle a solar vehicle. The Intersolar exhibition is the perfect platform to show our proprietary technology and services and we are very pleased to be able to present existing partnerships and prototypes like the electric ARI transporter,” says Mathieu Baudrit, Sono Solar Group Lead at Sono Motors. “This is especially exciting for us, as this is one of the first commercial vehicles in this segment on the streets with our solar integration,” Baudrit adds.
Sono Motors offers both vehicle integrated photovoltaics (ViPV) and vehicle applied photovoltaics (VaPV) solutions to various modes of transportation. ViPV is the process in which solar energy generation is integrated into a vehicle's body. PV panels are incorporated into parts of the vehicle such as the sides, body panels and fenestration.
For the cooperation with ARI Motors, the design of the first prototype involves applying PV technology to an existing vehicle. Thus, the VaPV process is used. The five PV modules with 54 solar cells and 90 half cells are applied onto the vehicle’s roof and sides. The whole integration is designed for high efficiency. Therefore, Sono Motors will provide customized PV panels, design the integration layout as well as perform mechanical and electrical integration with their team of engineers in Munich and offer maintenance.
“The solar integration solutions provided by Sono Motors are the perfect fit for our light vehicle box as it enables us to reduce the vehicle’s dependency on charging infrastructure as well as extend its range and reduce costs. We look forward to working with Sono Motors in the future to make our vehicles even more sustainable,” says Thomas Kuwatsch, CFO of ARI Motors.
First LOI Signed With Maritime OEM
Sono Motors also announced a LOI to collaborate with Wallaby Boats GmbH, a commercial boat OEM, to install PV onto their boat “Wallaby 18” which transports personnel and material for offshore windparks. "The company's values around reducing fuel consumption and promoting greener commercial boats are a great fit for Sono Motors' first maritime OEM project,” Baudrit says. PV modules will be installed to provide up to 5,200 Wp of power to the boat. "This collaboration further advances Sono's 'solar on every vehicle' goal and is a clear demonstration of the multiple applications of the company's proprietary solar technology,” Baudrit adds.
Sono Motors Is Exhibitor at Intersolar Exhibition in Munich
Sono Motors will display the ARI Motors prototype as well as its leading solar vehicle integration technology at the intersolar exhibition from 6-8 October 2021, Hall A6, booth 551 – including the whole ecosystem like power electronics and software integration. The proprietary Sono Solar technology can either be integrated on existing vehicles or on new vehicles in production. It facilitates reduction in emissions on diesel vehicles, provides power for cooling units and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning), as well as to extend range on electric vehicles.
Sono Solar is led by an international team of experienced engineers and business developers from across the automotive and photovoltaic industries. After signing letters of intent and commercial agreements for future collaborations with companies such as MAN Truck & Bus and EasyMile, the projects with ARI Motors and Wallaby Boats are an addition to the various B2B projects that facilitate the transition of commercial transport to a sustainable future.
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Sono Motors is on a pioneering mission to accelerate the revolution of mobility by making every vehicle solar. Its disruptive solar technology has been developed to enable seamless integration into all types of vehicles to reduce the impact of CO2 emissions and pave the way for climate-friendly mobility.
Sono Motors is developing the world’s first solar electric vehicle (SEV) for the masses, the Sion. Empowered by a strong community, Sono Motors has amassed more than 16,000 reservations with advance payments for the Sion. These vehicles will be produced through contract manufacturing with customer deliveries expected to begin in the first half of 2023.
Sono Motors' proprietary solar technology has been engineered to enable integration and licensing for a wide range of vehicle architectures that go far beyond the Sion, such as buses, trailers, trucks, camper vans, trains and boats.