Sion ‘solar’ electric car to enter Dutch market
The Munich-based mobility provider, Sono Motors, has announced a next test tour of its Sion ‘solar’ electric car throughout 18 cities in Germany and the Netherlands, starting the 1st of September in Germany and the 7th in the Netherlands.
After a testing tour around Europe during several months, the demand for driving the car was so overwhelming that a new test tour will be organized in Germany and the Netherlands. “In June we passed the mark of 5.000 reservations for the Sion”, says Laurin Hahn, CEO and one of the founding fathers of Sono Motors.
The compact Sion car is an electric vehicle which has a battery for a basic range of 250 km but also solar panels integrated in the bodywork to increase this range with 30 km.
With a purchase price of 16.000 euro (battery not included) and integrated sharing functions, this vehicle is designed to appeal to families and city commuters prepared to share their car. Until now Sono Motors has received approximately 7.000 vehicle reservations.
Book a test ride
Everybody who wants to drive a Sion in Germany and the Netherlands can go to the the Sono Motors website, on every of the 18 event days 2 prototypes and a 8 persons team will be ready to realize the estimated 3.500 test rides in the different cities.
“We were forced to offer additional test drives in our home market Germany”, adds Laurin Hahn, “but we will continue in the Netherlands because it’s a very interesting market, considered as one of the pioneers in electro-mobility. That’s why we think there is a serious potential for our Sion car.”
It began as a garage project of two friends with a vision on a sustainable mobility project without use of any fossil fuels. Sono Motors was founded in 2016 and has now a team of engineers, designers and technicians determined to build an electric car with a surplus, like the solar panels and some innovative mobility services.
The first prototypes were built in 2017 with the support of renowned investors and of crowd funding. If all goes according to plan the car will be built as of 2019. The CO emissions generated through production of the vehicles will be totally compensated.