Sono Sion ‘Solarcar For Everyone’ Electric Vehicle Project Funded On Indiegogo

NOV 3 2016 BY MARK KANE 28

Indiegogo assisted in crowdfunding an interesting solarcar project – the Sion by the Sono Motors from Germany.

SONO MOTORS - SION. A Solarcar for everyone.

SONO MOTORS – SION. A Solarcar for everyone.

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

The EV’s electric motor is rated at 80 kW, good for a 140 km/h (87 mph) top speed, while charging is similar to the Reanult ZOE’s (Q90) on-board system, accepting everything from single-phase 3 kW to three-phase 43 kW.

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.”

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28 Comments on "Sono Sion ‘Solarcar For Everyone’ Electric Vehicle Project Funded On Indiegogo"

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I would like it to have an accessory hitch that I could plug larger solar panels into…and a good storage space for my larger solar panels…or maybe solar panels that unfurl and furl.

Italian Dr. Marco Loglio has developed exactly the unfolding solar panels for EVs you say you’d like.
Go to Electric Vehicles UK and search “Loglio” – I know him well. He’s a former EV range record-holder who moved to China 9 years ago. Find him also on Linkedin.

Paul G Editor
Electric Vehicles UK

Might work rather well in Jamaica, and that’s about my daily drive…. I hope it works out.

Tesla should take their new roof technology and offer a solar option where all of the body panels are solarized. Yeah, it wouldn’t add a whole lot, percentage-wise, but it would be a nifty addition and a good emergency plan.

I suspect that the power to weight ratio is not good.

“155 mi (30 kWh) range for €16,000 / $17.600”
Forget the solar cells, bring it down to $15,000, you are there.

Either this car will be a tin-can that can’t meet safety standards, or those numbers are wildly inflated. Because it sounds to me like they are boasting numbers that the big auto makers, including Tesla, would not be able to meet. By numbers, I’m talking about range, price, and the amount of charge they claim they can get from such small solar panels.

While I really hope that we both will be proven to be wrong, I have to agree that this sounds far too good to be true. Especially regarding the funding of 250K€

We will see! (always hope for the best)

The claim I actually find most difficult to believe here is that they’re claiming they can build and sell cars which can achieve highway speed, and carry multiple passengers, yet the company is funded for only €259,365.

I question that’s even enough money to build even a single pre-production prototype, let alone put a car into production! Are all their engineers, machine shop workers, and mechanics working for free?

By comparison, this scheme makes Faraday Future’s business plan look rock solid! (And for those not following Faraday Future: What FF touts has the whiff of exceptionally rarified vaporware.)

Well that’s money down the drain. It doesn’t matter how they do it, the sun only gives us 1 kW/m2 at best. A 20% panel at optimal angle at the sun then gives the car 200 watts of power… You could run a bicycle quite well on that but not much more.

Then add the fact that you want to park the car in the shade because of the heat…

However they design it, it would make far more sense to have solar panel roof over the parking spots instead, with a battery and a charging cable.

Where do I buy replacement free-range, organic moss for my air filters?

You forgot fair trade and shade grown, to your sustainably harvested air filters. They are probably sorsed from local Non-GMO Moss Suppliers.


My concern is they will burn down more of the rain forest to grow it!

I cannot for the life of me understand why the big rich companies have not taken this “car for everyone” tactic and given some worthwhile assistance to our global warming problems.
It would be enlightening to see the good of mankind served instead of greed. Let’s see some good corporate citizenship take place.
The automotive industry has the greatest means of savings our planet!
Get your collective brains together and come up with something you can all profit from and
mankind as well!

Right.. and the next thing you know, pharmaceutical companies will be giving their drugs away for free. never going to happen.

Doug Moulton said: “I cannot for the life of me understand why the big rich companies have not taken this ‘car for everyone’ tactic and given some worthwhile assistance to our global warming problems.” Hmmm, well there have been a couple of models of a “car for everyone”; the Ford Model T and the (classic) Volkswagen Beetle. But presumably you mean an electric car. The reason why Tesla Motors started with a “supercar” sports car, with a base price of $109,000, is because batteries were (and still are) far too expensive for an EV with a good range to compete in the sub-$25k market. Only by making a very expensive, high performance sports car could Tesla make a BEV which could compete on price with other cars in its price range. At the other end of the price scale was the Th!nk City. It’s something like I suspect you had in mind; a plastic bodied microcar. And yet, the U.S. retail price was $41,695. Obviously much too expensive to be a success, and of course it failed. The very high price was in large part due to low volume. There’s a Catch-22: If you can’t sell the car in large… Read more »

Simple nicer design. Hope they succeed in bringing this car to the marketplace.

Yes Tesla is planning to install solar panels on its Model-3.

Meanwhile Indian Railways has installed solar panels on railcars to reduce the diesel consumption.

LOL! No, Tesla is NOT installing solar panels on Model 3!

“Yes Tesla is planning to install solar panels on its Model-3. ”

Not likely. The speculation in the article you linked to appears not well-informed.

It’s possible that Tesla will use the same glass-making company that’s making solar power glass roof tiles for SolarCity, to make the panoramic windshields for its cars. And possibly they won’t. But even if they do, that doesn’t mean Tesla plans to install solar cells on any of its cars. Elon has said that the proper place for a solar panel is on the roof of your house, not the roof of your car.

And he’s right.

My Nissan Leaf has a HUGE solar panel on the rear spoiler.
I figure it puts out a whopping 5 watts/hr.
If the Tesla 3 has a roof panel, maybe 500 watts/hr?

The solar panels are ridiculous. They will never recover the cost (panels on houses last 20+ years… Cars on the average last 10-12) by the electricity, esp. given that cars are parked in garages a lot of the time. It will also add needless expense whenever any bodywork needs to be replaced on the car.
Otherwise, they seem to be hopelessly optimistic about development costs & time. 250K Euro pays for about 2 engineers for a year, so 2 person-years… I estimate about 10x that is needed just to design a prototype, and 100x to homologate a car in any western country.
Crowdfunding is not the answer for car development… They need real investors.

All that said, the target price for the car also sounds hopeless.


This is a scam.

Says you.

There are those who make things happen there are those who watch what happen and there are those wonder what happened.

Says simple math.

One crash test dummy costs $125,000, a single crash test costs $100,000 or more. A vehicle prototype used in a test could easily run $250,000. Heck, they could not even afford a single top-class engineer for all the money they raised.

Tesla started with $105 million and needed another $40 million to avoid bankruptcy.

How could this group of kids with zero experience bring a car to market with laughable €259,365?

I wish them the best of luck with this. I really do.
If this car is approved for the U.S. I will look into it.

But I won’t invest until I can see and test drive a prototype.

They also didn’t mention any “non solar” charging abilities.

Don’t park in the shade or it won’t charge.

Don’t go on vacation and leave the car at home for a few weeks or all the extra Solar once your charged will be dumped.

I’d rather have the panels on my house so I can run my home and car! They are always in the Sun at the correct angle.

Forget the solar, produce a good small EV that can do what you want at a good price.