Sono takes Sion solar EV on US tour in bid for fleet business


    Sono Motors is bringing its Sion solar-supplemented EV to america, however it’s unclear if the small hatchback can be offered right here to retail prospects.

    The Sion was on show in New York Metropolis’s Time Sq. Tuesday, adopted by a cease in Brooklyn Wednesday on what can be a multi-city tour, Sono mentioned in a press launch. The automotive may even be proven in Boston, Detroit, San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles at completely different dates by means of the tip of the month.

    Sion manufacturing is scheduled to begin within the second half of 2023 at contractor Valmet’s plant in Finland. Sono claims to have hit 20,000 reservations for the automotive in Europe, the place it is anticipated to begin the equal of $25,000.

    Sono Sion in Times Square

    Sono Sion in Occasions Sq.

    Nonetheless, the corporate has advised that the Sion was developed solely with European laws in thoughts, and is not discussing agency plans to promote it to retail prospects within the U.S. As a substitute, Sono’s launch implied the Sion’s U.S. tour is aimed toward drumming up fleet enterprise.

    Alongside the 20,000 retail reservations, Sono claims to have 12,000 pre-orders from fleet operators, together with 12,000 from automotive subscription service Finn, which the corporate famous operates in each Germany and the U.S.

    Along with the Sion, Sono has developed a toolkit that permits diesel vans and buses to retrofitted with photo voltaic panels to run issues like air conditioners and refrigeration items.

    Sono Sion and other vehicles equipped with Sono solar panels

    Sono Sion and different autos outfitted with Sono photo voltaic panels

    “Along with our plans to start delivering Sion to the European market subsequent yr, we’re actively evaluating American partnership alternatives whereas increasing our portfolio of built-in photo voltaic options for fleet operators,” Sono CEO Laurin Hahn mentioned in a press release, including that corporations in each Europe and the U.S. are utilizing or piloting Sono’s tech.

    What units the Sion aside from most different EVs is that it was designed to make use of each physique panel as a photo voltaic panel. The physique shell is roofed with 456 photo voltaic components, which assist cost a 54-kwh lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery pack. The pack can be conventionally charged at as much as 75 kw with a DC quick charger or 11 kw with a Stage 2 AC charger.

    The photo voltaic cells can prolong the Sion’s estimated 190-mile vary by 70 miles per week in common climate, or as much as 152 miles per week in optimum climate circumstances. Bidirectional charging additionally permits the Sion to function a cellular energy financial institution or exterior residence vitality storage by discharging energy at as much as 11 kw.


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