In January I asked how far we were from a self charging solar car. At the time there was nothing on the market, just two or three prototypes that involve some kind of solar charging. That changed a couple of weeks ago with the launch of the Sion, from German start-up Sono Motors.
Last year Sono ran a successful crowd-funding campaign to develop the vehicle, and at the end of July they unveiled the final design. It’s a family sized car that comes completely clad in solar panels – 330 solar cells, adding up to 7.5 square metres. The company claims that will buy you 30 kilometres of driving every day, even in cloudy weather. That may be enough for most people on shorter journeys, but a full charge will take the car 155 miles if you’re going further.
There are a couple of unusual features. The natural…
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