SION: THE REAL SELF-CHARGING CAR

BETH LILY

Sono Motors are on a bit of a European tour at the moment with their car, Sion. I caught up with the tour in Maastricht to finally see their prototype cars in the metal, and take one for a little indoor test drive.

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Sion is the first electric car capable of charging its battery from the sun, with 330 solar panels integrated into the body panels capable of generating up to 30km range in a day in proper conditions.

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Not only that, but the Sion features bidirectional charging, meaning that the car can provide energy to other vehicles and common electrical devices via a Type-2 connection or standard 2-pin EU plug connection.
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A battery capacity of between 35kWh and 45kWh (tbc) provides max power of 80kW (109 horses) to a 3-phase asynchronous motor, generating a top speed of 140km/h, and a real-world range of 250km. It accelerates from 0-100km/h in…

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