Community-supported solar EV trailblazer launches a new prototype at CES 2021
Launch builds upon the Company’s proven track record of consistent development
Sono Solar Technology underscores the Company’s vision to provide consumers with affordable and convenient solar EVs
Munich, January 4, 2021 – Sono Motors, the Company innovating electric mobility with its proprietary solar technology, announced that it will launch the next generation prototype of its revolutionary Solar EV for the masses – The Sion. Led by its founders’ vision of a world without fossil fuels, Sono Motors has been supported by its community to further advance EV development. The Sion blends disruptive technology with affordability to enable individual contribution to global sustainability. Combined with Sono Motors’ proprietary Sono Solar Technology, the Sion is paving the way for an attractively priced transition to a sustainable future.
“We are tremendously proud to deliver on our promise to our community to showcase a product that can drive the transition to a solar-powered future. This journey started in a garage with a simple idea and has become a great force thanks to the overwhelming support of our community,” said Laurin Hahn, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sono Motors. “I speak for our entire team when I say that the next generation Sion prototype is just the beginning, and we are keen to set through to realize our goal. We are looking forward to continuing our progress to deliver the first Solar EV for everyone.”
Marking one year since it concluded one of Europe’s largest crowdfunding campaigns, Sono Motors is showcasing the product of its relentless and innovative work throughout 2020. The Sion boasts the lowest total cost of ownership in its class at an estimated gross price point of just € 25,500 and has amassed more than 12,600 pre-orders to date. In a nod to great automotive trailblazers of years’ past, the Sion embodies the idea of affordability, convenience, and accessibility in a one-size-fits-all package.
“This vision is powered by our proprietary Sono Solar Technology, which replaces traditional paint with integrated solar panels that harvest clean, renewable, free energy,” said Mathieu Baudrit, Director Photovoltaic Integration of Sono Motors. “With a boundless range of potential applications, Sono Solar Technology is a seamless, flexible and lightweight solution for efficient electric charging.”
This will be Sono Motors’ first time presenting at CES, one of the world’s largest and most influential technology events. CES 2021 will be held in a completely digital format from January 11-14, 2021 and will feature more than 1,000 exhibitors from across the globe. Sono Motors Live Session Details:
- January 12 Trailblazing Mobility: The Solar EV of the Future @ 1:45-2:15PM EST
- January 13 Garage to Global Innovation: Is SEV the new SUV? @ 1:45-2:15PM EST
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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 approximately 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 € 100M through reservations and funding. The company released its first generation Sion prototype in 2017 and has amassed 13,000 reservations with advance payments. In 2018, Sono Motors was recognized as a Solar Impulse Foundation 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 up to 245 km or 152 mi (112 km or 70mi on average) 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.