The world's first solar-powered car went on sale: details and price (photo)

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The world's first solar-powered car went on sale: details and price (photo)

Sono Sion's body is almost completely covered with solar panels. In clear weather, they provide up to 35 km of range per day.

The German company Sono Motors has completed the development of its first production model – a non-standard Sion electric car. In the second half of 2023, its production will start at the Finnish company Valmet, but sales have already begun and orders are being accepted. This was reported on the official website of the automaker.

Sono Sion has been developed since 2016, but due to the coronavirus pandemic and the shortage of automotive microchips, the start of its production was constantly delayed. It is called the “people's” electric car because of the low price (from 25,125 euros including subsidies) and the method of raising funds for the development of the model – Sono Motors resorted to crowdfunding.

The world's first solar-powered car went on sale: details and price (photo)

The Sono Sion electric car is a small minivan with a very concise design. The peculiarity of the car is that all its body panels are covered with solar panels. It is comparable in size to a Toyota Prius.

Sono Sion dimensions:

  • Length – 4470 mm
  • Width – 1830 mm
  • Height 1660mm
  • Wheelbase 2830mm
  • Ground clearance – 165mm

The world's first solar-powered car went on sale: details and price (photo)

Salon Sono Sion looks quite simple. The front panel has a digital instrument panel and a 10-inch touchscreen display, and there are few buttons inside. The minivan is spacious and has a spacious trunk with a volume of 650-1250 liters.

Solar-powered cars will be offered in only one configuration with LED headlights, ESP, climate control, cruise control, heated seats, parking sensors, an audio system and a camera rear view.

The world's first solar-powered car went on sale: details and price (photo)

163 hp electric motor. With. accelerates a car weighing 1730 kg to hundreds in 9 seconds, and its maximum speed is limited to 140 km/h. The 54 kWh battery allows you to drive 305 km without recharging. Solar panels provide an additional 35 km range per day in clear weather and 16 km in gloomy weather.

An interesting detail: another solar-powered car will be produced at the same plant with Sono Sion – Lightyear One. It can travel up to 70 km on solar power, but it costs much more.

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