The self-charging car of the future is here and it has built-in solar panels
An electric car that can charge itself? It sounds like something straight out of the future and a German start-up called Sono Motors is making the concept a reality.
The Sion – that’s the name of this new self-charging EV – is for all intents and purposes a regular electric car, but with one twist: it has solar panels that can recharge its battery.
On their own, these panels – which cover 7.5m² of the Sion’s exterior – can provide the car with nearly 20 miles of range. Charging in the usual manner, it can manage 155 miles. If you find you’ve managed to store additional energy, you use this to charge other people’s EVs and make money in the process.
Adding to the Sion’s futuristic credentials is a moss panel in the dashboard. Not only does this look pretty cool, it also acts as a natural air filter – helping to keep the cabin as clean and pure as possible.
Sono Motors has said it will cost €16,000 (£14.3k) to buy a Sion, which doesn’t include the battery. That’ll set you back “less than €4,000” to buy, or you can rent one for a monthly fee.
However, the company has said it needs to secure 5,000 reservations before the Scion can go into production. With 1,200 secured so far, Sono Motors has some work to do.
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