Why have 13,000 people booked the SEV Sion

In April, mobility provider Sono Motors announced that the company had received 13,000 orders for its innovative Sion SEV (Solar Electric Vehicle), with an average down-payment of €3,000. The vehicle has some interesting features, which could explain the enthusiastic response.

The five-seat Sion is designed for urban usage. It will be a FWD vehicle with a 120 kW motor, which will deliver 270 Nm. Trunk volume: 650L. The maximum speed is 140 km/h. The price of the SEV will be €25,500. The price of the vehicle is expected to be €16,000, plus the additional cost of the battery, approximately €9,500.

The company plans to offer two options on the battery: one-time purchase or rent.

Sono Motors is offering a warranty for the Sion of two years or 100,000 kilometres, as well as a warranty for the battery of two years, 100,000 kilometres or 2,000 charge cycles.

Its liquid-cooled battery has a capacity of 35 kWh, which offers a range of 255 kilometres (according to WLTP standard) on a single charge – depending on the weather and your driving style.

It usually takes 30 minutes to charge up to 80% at a fast-charging station, which gives a range of 200 kilometres. The Sion can be recharged at any public EV charging station in Europe or using your regular power socket at home.

For a full charge: CCS: 60 minutes | Type 2: 3.5 hours | SchuKo (household plug): 13 hours.

But, unlike pure EVs, the Sion can add 112 km on average (up to 245 km) of driving range per week through solar energy. This is enabled by the more than 248 solar cells seamlessly integrated on to the hood, fenders, sides, roof and rear of the vehicle. For solar integration, Sono uses monocrystalline silicon cells that produce energy even under cloudy skies or in the shade.

For solar integration, Sono uses monocrystalline silicon cells that produce energy even under cloudy skies or in the shade

Thanks to a bidirectional onboard-charger, the Sion will be able to share its power to recharge other electric vehicles. You can use your Sion as a mobile energy storage unit while camping, on a construction site, or even at home.

3 steps to keeping maintenance cost to the minimum

1. Standard replacement parts can be changed by users without needing much prior knowledge

2. The company is expected to publish a workshop handbook to make it possible to establish an extensive network of independent mechanics

3. For any repair involving high voltage or body parts, the company is expected to suggest a service provider

Sono app: Mobility and Energy Services

The Sono app will serve as the digital key for the Sion and the window to real-time vehicle data. Your smartphone can be used to share your Sion, electricity, or a ride.

The app provides users up-to-date information about their Sion and enables the usage of the car without a key – all you need is a smartphone.

One of the features is Car Sharing. It’s up to you to decide for how long and with whom you would like to share your Sion.

Plus, with Ride Pooling, you can offer other people a ride.

Power Sharing enable sharing the energy stored in your Sion. You decide how much electricity you are willing to share, and at what price.

Who’s buying?

Jona Christians, CEO and co-founder of Sono Motors, says, “13,000 reservations is a clear sign for us, as well as for the entire automotive industry. This number highlights people’s need for resource-friendly and affordable mobility solutions. It also gives us tailwind to get the Sion on the road as quickly as possible.”

Pre-orders of the Sion continue to be predominantly placed in Germany and the DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) region, but the company is also finding takers in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Finland and Mauritius. An interactive map shows the geographical distribution of the reservations made.

The Sion will be produced with 100% renewable energy at the former SAAB factory in Trollhättan, Sweden.

After planned production commences in 2023 followed by the increase to maximum capacity in the same year, the company intends to produce 43,000 vehicles per year in a 2-shift operation, in collaboration with contract manufacturer NEVS. The total production volume is expected to be 257,000 vehicles over a seven-year period.

Colour options look doubtful for now on account of the surface being optimised to capture solar energy

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