Sion, an electric car that has solar charging capabilities and island moss for air filtration, has been fully revealed.
Made by German mobility provider Sono Motors, the car has 248 solar cells integrated into the car’s body, allowing the car to charge during the day. This adds up to 34 kilometers, or 21 miles, to the car’s range of 250 kilometers, or about 155 miles.
Sono designed the car to be versatile in its use, whether it be shared, driven privately, or used as company cars. It can also be incorporated into neighborhoods and car-sharing fleets, according to the automaker.
“In conjunction with sharing services and autonomous driving, the digitalization of mobility and the increasing interconnectivity of vehicles will play a key part in significantly reducing the number of vehicles, especially in urban settings,” Roberto Diesel, Sono Motor’s chief technology officer, said in a prepared statement.
One of the most visually unique features of the car is the island moss integrated into the dashboard as a part of the car’s air filtering system. The moss can filter out 20% of particulate matter out of the air while regulating the temperature and humidity even though it’s been treated and is no longer living, according to Sono Motors.
Sono also has an emphasis on sharing via the goSono app: car sharing, ridesharing, and energy sharing. CarSharing allows owners to share their Sion cars with anyone whenever the owner allows it. Similarly, owners can offer other users car rides in-app.
With powerSharing, the vehicles can become mobile charging stations using bidirectional charging functions. Two Sion cars can share energy with each other, providing up to 11 kW of power. The Sion owner providing the energy can decide how much electricity they are willing to give, and at what price.
Over 10,000 reservations for the Sion has been made since May. Over the next eight years, Sono Motors plans on producing 260,000 examples in its Swedish factory, which will then be delivered in Europe. The car starts at €25,500, or about $28,209.
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