Sono Motors names Valoe solar tech partner for self-charging EV

Sion with blending solar cells. Source: Valoe Oyj

February 25 (Renewables Now) - Finland’s Valoe Oyj (HEL:VALOE) will be in charge of providing the integrated solar components for Sono Motors GmbH’s self-charging electric car, it was announced today.

Valoe has entered into a cooperation agreement with the German carmaker that makes it a technology partner for this project. The Finnish company previously helped co-develop the solar modules for the so-called Sion vehicle and will now seek to strengthen the existing partnership, the statement says.

Sono Motors will manufacture the Sion at the former SAAB factory in Trollhattan, Sweden. Its intention is to produce some 260,000 vehicles during the eight-year long life time, or more than 100 cars per day. Currently, the company has over 10,000 pre-orders for Sion.

Solar panels are embedded in lightweight car body parts to fully cover the entire exterior of the vehicle.

“On a sunny day, the car's surface modules generate an additional range of up to 34 km completely free of emission and free of charge,” says Mathieu Baudrit, Director Exterior, Closures and VIPV of Sono Motors.

Last month, Sono Motors raised EUR 53.34 million (USD 57.8m) in a community funding campaign that targeted EUR 50 million.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.084)

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