German Brand Builds Solar Powered Car

Tue 7th Aug 2018

With a target of one million electric cars to be on the road by 2020, the German motor industry certainly has some work to do to meet government targets - but they aren’t lacking in innovation.

Whilst much of the focus for electric vehicles has been on battery capacity and introducing sufficient power outlets to meet demand - one Munich based company may have got around the problem by using the energy from the sky.

With the heatwave bringing soaring temperatures to Europe, Sono Motors have been making the most of the sunshine to develop an all-electric solar vehicle which can be charged as you drive. The German government is promising financial support to companies who invest in EV technology as they aim to meet their ambitious target, and Sono’s Sion car certainly fits the bill.

The Sion has solar cells built into the bodywork, but can also be charged from more traditional power outlets, and also other electric cars. The company was only founded in 2016, but is looking to begin production of the solar powered cars in late 2019 at one of its plants in Germany.

The company has close to 5,000 orders on the vehicle which is expected to retail at $18,540 and will come with all the mod-cons.

Speaking to Reuters, Sono’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive said: "We have a seat heater, there is air conditioning, there is a large infotainment system where I can also connect my phone interactively, which means I really have a full vehicle which is very simple, has no frills.”

The Sion’s range is likely to be in the region of 155 miles.