GERMANY: Munich-based start-up Sono Motors is one step closer to delivering an affordable solar electric vehicle (SEV) following the successful completion of the first crash test of its Sion prototype.
Sono Motors’ Sion passes the crash test
The crash test, which took place at CSI in Italy, showed that the vehicle’s proprietary solar panels didn’t splinter, making it safe for passengers and other road users.
Sono Motors plans to carry out around 300 physical components, sledge, and complete vehicle tests before the homologation of the Sion is completed.
The vehicle will also undergo Euro NCAP crash tests. In addition to its safety features, the Sion SEV will come with a range of advanced driver assistance systems in the standard version, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.
The company also plans to add adaptive cruise control after the start of production. However, production of the Sion is currently in limbo as the company still needs to secure the necessary funding.
It has over 21,000 reservation holders but needs 1,650 more orders to secure the funding it requires. The starting price for the Sion is expected to be around 25,000 Euros ($27,000), with a 3,000 Euro ($3,300) deposit when ordering.
The Sono Motors’ Sion is a solar electric vehicle with body panels covered in photovoltaic arrays that can charge the car’s battery when the sun is shining. The company’s mission is to deliver a sustainable and affordable mode of transportation that reduces carbon emissions and reduces the need for fossil fuels.
The successful completion of the first crash test of the Sono Motors Sion is a promising step towards the company’s goal of delivering an affordable solar electric vehicle.
Sono Motors has a long way to go before it reaches its funding goals, but the support of over 21,000 reservation holders gives us hope that the Sion will one day hit the roads.
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