- A German company, Sono Motors, has produced a car called Sion, which uses the power of solar energy integration to self-charge itself
- Billed to hit the market in 2022, the whole body of the car, including the roof, is covered with solar panels and can run around 250 kilometres after the first charge
- The automobile wonder will retail for around €25 500 (R525 000)
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It really gladdens the heart that people are employing the unimaginable powers of technology to do amazing things.
Just when one thinks an electric car is the new tech fad, a German automobile company has built a solar-panelled car that charges itself. It also uses electricity.
Good News Network reports that Sono Motors' new whip is entirely covered in solar panels plus its roof as a way to get a good battery life while it runs. That way, when it moves, it harvests solar energy.
Called Sion, the same media source said that it is the “first mass-produced car to feature solar integration for public use".
A quoted press release explained how the car functions:
“The solar cells meld seamlessly into the vehicle’s surface and can generate up to 34 kilometres of additional range a day at peak performance.”
It can run longer, even after up to 250 kilometres of initial charge, as confirmed by the information on the company’s website.
The car’s prototype was designed in Munich in 2017 and since then has been greatly improved on in terms of interior design, ride-sharing compatibility, and general body overhaul.
Though the car is billed to hit the market in 2022, it may not be useful yet for very long commutes.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Nigeria seems to have finally caught up with the latest automobile trend as an indigenous company called JET Motor Company manufactured the nation’s first electric vehicle called JET EV.
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The prototype of the machine was taken on a 300km test drive from Lagos to Benin. Before the test drive, the manufacturer already secured funds backing of $9 million from Canadian-based Africa Development Capital.
It should be noted that the company was founded in 2017 and two years after started an automobile series called the JET Mover, which consists of customisable mini-buses.
The company’s director of sales and marketing, Rupani Sanjay, said that the buses can be customised into whatever purpose, like tour, cargo, medical or school buses.
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