A new electric vehicle from up-and-coming German automaker Sono Motors is slated for launch in the US, but the company’s claim that the Sion is an affordable – and practical – solar-powered vehicle is causing a stir.
As usual, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
The Sion’s exterior is made up of dark blue solar panels, according to the Observer, with a total of 456 “solar half-cells” covering the vehicle’s body from front to back.
Sono boasts that the Sion is the first passenger vehicle to rely heavily on solar power and, at $25,000, is priced lower than most electric vehicles. Last month, Sono took the car on a seven-city tour of the United States
How much energy do the solar panels provide?
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According to Sono, the Sion’s solar power cells offer an average range of 70 miles per week and 150 miles per week in sunny weather. The company also says the car’s battery offers a range of 190 miles on a single charge.
Experts are not convinced by the claims.
“Whether they can provide an additional 70 miles per week is debatable,” said Sam Abuelsamid, electric vehicle analyst at Guidehouse Insights.
“The fundamental problem is that the modules only reach their maximum generation capacity when the sun’s rays strike them at a 90-degree angle. And cars naturally move, which means the panels are usually not at the optimal angle.”
We are already very aware of the unreliability of charging stations and the charging performance of electric vehicles. True to form, according to the Sion website, it takes over half an hour to charge the Sion to 80 percent.
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Add to that the fact that you have a car whose solar panels are little more than a novelty.
An expensive novelty at that. Having previously worked as an auto insurance adjuster, I can tell you that vehicles like the Sion are more sensitive to collisions and damage is much more expensive to repair.
On a Tesla, a fender bender can easily damage a camera and cost thousands in repairs. Not to mention the cost of changing the battery on one of these vehicles.
If reliability and ease of use are important to you in a car, the Sion is probably not the right car for you. We are still a long way from the sun – or any “alternative” energy source – powering our vehicles reliably and efficiently.
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