Startup Successfully Crowdfunds Self-Charging Electric Vehicle
The solar-powered car features a weather-resistant design, and a filter system that uses Icelandic moss
Through aÂ crowdfund campaign, German startup company Sono Motors raised over $200,000 to produce a self-charging electric vehicle. Called Sion, the car has integrated solar panels to charge on the go.
The solar panels are made with monocrystalline silicon cells, covered by a layer of shatterproof polycarbonate. The car will be available in two models: the $17,600 “Extender” model can travel up to 155 miles on a single charge, and a $13,200 “Urban” model has a 75 mile range. While these innovations present improvements on existing solar technology, the most interesting aspect of the Sion vehicle is its air filter: a dashboard-integrated moss that provides natural air conditioning and requires no upkeep, as it draws in water from the air.
Sono Motors will produce prototypes from the crowdfunding support, with the goal of releasing Sion cars in 2018.