As green as a car can get. Is SION the affordable eco-car we've been hoping for?


The 4.10 meters long SION by German Sono Motors is a self-chargable electric car with integrated photovoltaic panels in the body of the vehicle (viSono system) that charge the 30 kWh li-ion battery during the day. 

Sono Motors explains: "The roof, bonnet, rear and the complete bodywork of the sides consist of highly efficient monocrystalline silicon cells which are covered by an 8 mm thick layer of polycarbonate. The advantage of polycarbonate is that it's shatterproof, light and particularly weather resistant. With a surface area of 7.5 m², enough electricity for an additional 30 free kilometers is generated in one day."

Sono Motors is planning two variations of the Sion with different ranges. The Extender SION (with solar panels) has a 250km range (30kWh battery) and is priced at 16,000 €, while the Urban variant comes with a 120km range (14.4kWh battery) and is priced at 12,000 €. Both prices do not include the cost of purchasing or renting the battery, which is a similar sytem of purchase as Renault uses for their Zoe EV. SION is equipped with a 50 kW three-phase asynchronous motor 400 V and can speed up to 140 kilometers per hour. AC charging is possible (no DC fast charging) with up to 43 kW of charging power, enabling SION to be charged ut to 80% in 30 minutes.

Both versions come with a ten inch display in the central console that allows you to connect your smart phone via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to instantly access all your favourite apps, music and contacts, while on the way.

The series-produced electric car will have six (3 + 3) seats, all of which fold flat individually and have Isofix mountings, a large trunk and even an optional trailer coupling.

To support Sono Motors and the amazing new, sun-powered SION car, head over to Indigogo to check their crowdfunding campaign.

Aug. 18, 2016 Driving photo: Sono Motors

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