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 a 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.