Indiegogo assisted in crowdfunding an interesting solarcar project - the Sion by the Sono Motors from Germany.
Their idea is to develop an all-electric car (3 + 3 seats), with basically a lot of solar cells stuck all over the place (covering 7.5 m2 total) - which will reportedly provide up to 30 km (≈19 mi) of additional range every day under the proper conditions.
Sion. A Solarcar for everyone.
According to the project website, 120% of required amount was funded this past September - €259,365. So will this car become a real thing now? How far with this capital actually go? I guess we will find out soon enough.
Sono Motors intends to offer two versions, differentiated by battery capacity/range (in this case *NEDC we believe):
- Extender with 250 km / 155 mi (30 kWh) range for €16,000 / $17.600
- Urban with 120 km / 75 mi (14.4 kWh) range for €12,000 / $13.200
Test drives to be available in 2017, while sales could start as early as 2018.
"The SION is an innovative electric car with integrated solar cells in the body, a range of 250km and a price of less than € 16,000.
30 free kilometers per day are possible with electricity generated by the sun. The stored energy can be used through bidirectional charging for all common electronic devices. SION is a family friendly vehicle, thanks to 6 seats and optional trailer coupling.
In Short: A self-charging electric car for infinite, sustainable driving."