Sono reveals interior of its solar-powered Sion
Munich-based electric automobile startup Sono Motors has just revealed the interior of its solar electric car Sion, along with further details. The interior is geared for sharing with a slick, elegant design and features a plant-based air filter system.
Sono Motors reaches 10,000 Sion reservations
More than a year before the production launch of their Sion solar electric car, Sono Motors has already received 10,000 pre-paid reservations throughout Europe. This means that the number of potential buyers has doubled since June last year.
Sono shows serial design of solar electric car Sion
The Munich-based EV startup Sion Motors has presented final designs for their first solar-powered battery electric vehicle, the Sion. The roof mounted solar cells are capable of generating power for up to 34 km per day, enough for most urban rides, says Sono.
Continental delivers compact drive for solar EV Sion
Continental will be delivering the electric drive unit for the solar electric car Sion by Sono Motors, including the motor, performance electronics and the powertrain in one compact system. At the same time, prices for batteries are going higher than expected.
Munich-based Sono Motors launches financing round
After its first crowdfunding campaign back in 2016, Munich start-up Sono Motors launches its second round of financing in order to generate capital for the last development stage and production of the company’s solar electric car Sion, which is scheduled to start rolling off the lines in late 2019.
Sono Motors to enter Dutch market
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.
Sono Motors reenforces Executive Board
EV startup Sono Motors secures support from two experienced executives. New COO will be Thomas Hausch, last responsible for e-mobility at Nissan with previous roles at Daimler and Chrysler. Isa Krupka joins as Chief Communications Officer (CCO).
BMW i3 Update, Ford, Smart, Sono Motors, Dethleffs, Renault.
Sneak Preview: BMW presents the i3 and its sporty brother i3s on our German edition electrive.net before it will go on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The i3s will offer 10 kW more output and the Bavarians got a few more updates in stock.
electrive.net (all infos and pictures)
Ford under pressure in China: The American carmaker needs an electric car JV in China urgently, if it is to keep in line with the upcoming EV sales quota, and so Ford is speaking to three potential partners, apparently at the same time. With two of them, Changan Automobile and Jiangling Motors, Ford already has alliances but in terms of producing electric cars together, no agreement has been reached yet, China Daily learnt. Seen in this light, the MoU Ford signed with Zotye could be no more than a maneuver to take some pressure out of the negotiations with the other parties. In any case, the Ford-Zoyte joint venture will expire if they do not sign a definitive agreement by the end of the year.
A first sight: Smart wants to bring an autonomous ED to the IAA and has now released a first teaser for its electric concept car.
instagram.com via motor1.com
Sono Motors seeks investment: The Munich-based start-up has turned to Seedrs and Wiwin for new investors to provide providing debt or equity. The plan is to start building their solar-powered minivan Sion from 2018 that shall sell from 16,000 euros, excluding the battery.
Electric mobile home: Dethleffs has made a motorhome that drives electric and presents its e.home concept at the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf. Its base is the classic Iveco Daily Electric but with an 80 kW electric drive. Power comes from various sources including supercaps and ultra-thin solar cells. The main battery is made from Sodium Nickel Chloride and runs all onboard amenities.
The electric Twingo remains an option it seems. Renault UK’s Vincent Tourette told Autocar that the French would be ready, “when demand is there” and that the compact car had been built with electrification in mind.
Audi shuffles its board: Following diesel gate, Audi has appointed four new board members to take care of finance, distribution, production, and HR from September. CEO Rupert Stadler however will remain at his desk despite allegations of his involvement in the emission fraud.
Voltia, Sono Motors, permanent magnet, Solvay.
Full service e-van: Based on a Nissan e-NV200, GreenWay subsidiary Voltia offers the Maxi that has a load capacity of eight cubic metres. Range is 140 km and the company tailored a full service package to lease that provides clients with data on their usage as well.
Bi-directional charging: Munich Sono Motors presented a bidirectional charging system for its solar-powered Sion EV. It thus turns into a mobile energy storage unit that can be accessed via any household (Schuko) plug and thus charges any devices with up to 2,700 Watt. Obviously, a fast-charging connector enables to go beyond 2,7 kW. The start-up hopes to produce the Sion from 2019.
Printed permanent magnet: 3D-printed magnets are more efficient and use less rare earth materials than traditional ones, researchers at the ORNL demonstrated. Their NdFeB magnets can be used in a range of applications including electric vehicles.
Electrode binder: Solvay invented polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) electrode binders designed to boost the electrical performance of Li-ion batteries for hybrid as well as electric vehicles. The Solef electrolyte binders allow Solvay to chemically modify the PVDF polymer and achieve high molecular weight.
SolarCity, Sono Motors, Daimler, Kia, GAC Motor, BMW.
SolarCity-Tesla merger gets green light: As announced, Elon Musk will combine his two co-founded companies under one roof and will pay 2.6bn dollars for SolarCity in an all-stock transaction. The merger will be completed before the end of the year, and save the companies 150m dollars in costs in the first full year after closing.
autoblog.com, businessinsider.de, solarcity.com
Sono presents electric minivan: The Munich-based start-up took the wraps off its promising electric vehicle – a minivan that seats six and will sell for 16,000 euros. Range is given at 250 km. On top of a 30 kWh battery pack, the EV is fitted with a solar roof for an extra 30 km of range and comes with fast-charging capabilities. Sono wants to finance crash tests and test drives with crowdfunding and kick off production in 2018.
sonomotors.com, youtube.com (video presentation)
Is Daimler planning an electric sprinter? For the next generation of transporters, the manufacturer apparently wants to add an all-electric variant to its portfolio, trucks.com reports. The model is thus in early stages of planning, but could hit the road before the end of the decade.
Kia Niro Hybrid a hit: According to Thomas Oh, COO of Kia Motors, the Niro Hybrid is already selling better in South Korea than anticipated. The carmaker expects to sell some 40,000 units in the U.S. and 20,000 in Europe in the coming year and confirmed that an all-electric version is in the pipeline.
Plug-in for China: Chinese carmaker GAC Motor has introduced its GA3S PHEV sedan to its home market. The liquid-cooled battery allows for an all-electric range of up to 70 km. Moreover, GAC will open a new plant with a yearly production capacity of 150,000 units in Guangzhou in August; it could also harbour the production of electric and hybrid vehicles.
BMW i3 94Ah reviewed: The car’s first major upgrade is said to give it considerably much more range, though its test drivers make no mention of whether or not they were able to achieve the 124 miles on one charge promised by BMW. They also had a little trouble with the strong regenerative breaking, which does take some getting used to.
Future Mobility, Tesla, BMW, Sono Motors, JAC Motors, Toyota.
Autonomous EVs from China: Future Mobility, a start-up funded by Foxconn and Tencent, wants to kick off serial production of its self-driving cars before 2020, and offer different models based on the same platform from the get-go. Some 250,000 to 400,000 autonomous EVs could roll off production lines every year.
Bad news for Tesla: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is looking into whether Tesla breached securities laws when it failed to immediately inform investors about the fatal crash involving the Autopilot system. The carmaker defended its action, saying the investigation had not concluded until May. Meanwhile, another Tesla crashed in Montana. No one was hurt, but the driver claims the Autopilot was activated at the time.
wsj.com (SEC), electrek.co (crash)
BMW i3 on fire: A BMW i3 police car caught on fire in Rome. It was an i3 with range extender. What exactly caused the incident is still not clear.
insideevs.com, youtube.com (Video)
New solar van: Munich-based start-up Sono Motors will present its electric van Sion at the end of the month. The EV is said to charge itself using solar panels mounted on the car roof. The development and production will be paid for with crowdfunding.
autonotizen.de (in German)
Protectionism backfires: Chinese JAC Motors has stopped the production of it all-electric SUV iEV6s, because China no longer subsidises Samsung SDI (we reported). The Korean battery maker had been chosen as the exclusive supplier for the EV.
Toyota Down Under: The Japanese carmaker has delivered three of its fuel cell Mirai to Australia. They will serve as demonstrator vehicles to show how the technology works. A mobile hydrogen filling station is planned as well.