Munich-based startup Sono Motors has announced its entry into the Dutch market. A series of test ride events for their Sion electric car marks the start. They will hit a total of 18 cities in the Netherlands and Germany and estimate to offer 3,500 rides.
The test ride events in the Netherlands will kick off on September, 7 in Maastricht. Sono Motors claims growing demand for their urban electric car has led them to launch a new series of events.
“We passed the 5,000 reservations mark in June, thereby wrapping up a crucial phase,” says Laurin Hahn, CEO and one of the founders of Sono Motors. “This tour is our way of catering to the overwhelming demand for test drives. The Netherlands itself is a very interesting market for us as it is considered a pioneer in the field of electromobility. We therefore believe there is a great deal of potential for an electric car like the Sion and we look forward to entering the market,” adds Hahn.
The Sion comes with solar modules incorporated into the bodywork that generate a range of up to 30 kilometres a day, in addition to its basic range of 250 kilometres. The price is of 16,000 euros (not including the battery) is a particularly unique selling point though. Plus, the electric vehicle has integrated sharing functions.
To date, the company says it has received approximately 7,000 reservations for the electric car. The production of the Sion EV is scheduled to begin in the second half of 2019, with the support of a yet-unnamed European contract manufacturer.
Most recently, Sono Motors has reenforced its board that now comprises of six members, among them experienced executives. New COO is Thomas Hausch, last responsible for e-mobility at Nissan with previous roles at Daimler and Chrysler. Isa Krupka has joined as Chief Communications Officer (CCO) reportedly.
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