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Solar car to tour Europe

Via a smart phone app, car rides and electricity can be offered to other users

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The Sion solar car which has a range of 250km and features a self-charging system
The Sion solar car which has a range of 250km and features a self-charging system

Sono Motors has announced it plans to start a test drive tour through Western Europe to showcase its solar car Sion following its launch in Munich this week.

 

The scheduled drive, which will take place across 12 cities and six countries, will begin on 18 August in Munich.

 

The vehicle has a reported range of 250km. Sion’s battery which is sold separately can either be purchased in a one-time transaction of less than €4,000, or at a monthly rent.

 

Due to the comparatively low price, the €16,000 car is intended to make electro mobility suitable for everyday use. Sion claims the car’s “special features”, makes it particularly appealing to families and urban commuters.

 

The self-charging system, called viSono (derived from "vision"), generates electricity through integrated solar cells which charges the battery, permitting a range of up to 30km per day.

 

According to the company, the "biSono" system (from "bi-directional") is another important feature. It allows the vehicle’s battery not only to be charged, but also supply energy, making the Sion a mobile power-station. With an output of 6.6 kW, even other electric cars can be charged.

 

Sono Motors sees the future of mobility in various sharing options. As a result, the car will be equipped with three different mobility-services: powerSharing, carSharing and rideSharing.

 

Via a smart phone app, car rides and electricity can be offered to other users. It will also be possible for other Sion users to lease the vehicle for a fixed time period.

 

 

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