Current reservations for the world's first series-produced electric vehicle with solar integration would correspond to sales of over 100 million euros.
14th June 2018 – The mobility provider Sono Motors has announced the reservation of more than 5,000 vehicles of the innovative electric car Sion just ten months after the presentation of the first prototype. The company states that down payments have already been made for each of these vehicles and several hundred cars have already been paid in full. The current amount of reservations would correspond to a turnover of over 100 million euros.
The young company has thus reached another significant milestone on its way to series production. Fabrication is scheduled to start in the second half of 2019 in cooperation with a European contract manufacturer. The Sion is the first electric car to go into series production that can generate additional range from solar energy by integrating solar modules into the bodywork.
"For us, this is one of the most important moments since we founded Sono Motors. We have taken a decisive step towards our vision of actively developing solutions to become more independent of the resource oil through electromobility," says Laurin Hahn, CEO, and co-founder of the company. "We want to make electromobility accessible to everyone and enable the owners of the Sion to generate energy by themselves."
"The Sion represents a completely new mobility concept," adds Jona Christians, CEO, and co-founder of Sono Motors. "The combination of an electric and solar vehicle is unique in this form. Besides, our clear goal was to make the Sion particularly efficient and sustainable through supplementary mobility systems. This means that the car can be used as a mobile power plant at any time and not only absorb but also deliver power via a bidirectional charging function. A specially developed app will offer the possibility to share both the vehicle and battery power with others, as well as the organization and handling of car-sharing opportunities.”
To date, more than 10,000 people in Europe have seized the opportunity to test drive the Sion, learning about the vehicle, the associated mobility concept and the development of the company.
"The discussions during the test drive tours are a valuable opportunity for us to gather ideas and feedback from our supporters. This allows us to develop the Sion in cooperation with our community. During these personal exchanges, we experience enormous enthusiasm and loyalty for our goal of getting the Sion on the road. That's what motivates us every day," explains Navina Pernsteiner, creative director and co-founder of Sono Motors.
To date, people from over 30 countries have reserved the vehicle directly via the company website. Over 80 percent of the reservations come from core markets such as Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Interested parties from Italy, Spain, and the United States have also reserved vehicles.
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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.