Sono Motors, the firm that wants to use solar electricity to power every electric vehicle, began 9 years ago in a Munich garage when two 18-year-old entrepreneurs began spitballing answers to society’s reliance on fossil fuels. Sono Motors co-founders Laurin Hahn and Jona Christians were not vehicle enthusiasts, but they realized how transportation adds to the combustion of fossil fuels and decided it would be a fine place to begin. “We had a vision of putting solar on each vehicle and wondered, ‘OK, what do we require for that?'” TechCrunch spoke with Hahn.
They began building a solar electric car pre-prototype in order to demonstrate that renewable energies can aid in the reduction of transportation emissions, and by the year 2015, they possessed a working model. The subsequent year, Christians and Hahn hired Navina Pernsteiner, who is a creative director, to co-found the firm and develop Sono Motors as a brand.
Sono Group, the parent firm of Sono Motors, went public on November 17, 2021. After the Initial Public Offer was originally priced at $15, it debuted for trading on Nasdaq at $20.06, but shares rose to a high of $38.74 prior to the market being closed.
There are two ways for the company to get to market. The Sion, the company’s first solar electric car, has received 16,000 preorders with an average deposit of $3,000. The $28,700 small, 5-door, family-friendly hatchback is expected to hit the market in the first half of 2023. Sono is also collaborating with businesses to incorporate its solar solutions into other vehicles. Sono stated at the start of this year that it will license the solar body panel technology to the other firms and that EasyMile, which is an electric autonomous shuttle company, would be its first customer.
The Sion has been planned to have a range of 190 miles, thanks to the 54 kwH LFP (lithium iron phosphate) battery supplied by China’s BYD, which is regarded more sustainable because it lacks manganese, nickel, and cobalt – precious metals with high environmental and ethical impacts. While the automobile may be charged through a wall box, Sono believes that most of your daily trip can be handled by the sun, which drip gives energy into the battery whenever the light shines.
“The typical commuting range in Germany, for instance, is 10 miles each day,” Christians informed TechCrunch. “And with our unique technology, we can go 112 kilometers (70 miles) per week on average simply by solar, which covers a large portion of the daily trip and eliminates the need to recharge the car as frequently.” In comparison to comparable electric cars with the very same battery size yet no solar integration, our car has four times the range. That’s why we think this technology has such a big chance of bringing EVs to the public.”