German experiments on charging solar powered car while driving
Germany is likely to miss the goal of running a million electric cars on the streets by 2020.
A Munich-based startup from the bright sun in Bavaria took advantage of this summer to test the final development of its Sion system, a full solar-powered car to be shipped while driving.
Germany is likely to miss the goal of running a million electric cars on the streets by 2020, but the government said in April it was ready to provide support to companies manufacturing batteries for electric cars.
Sono Motors, founded in 2016, is developing the Sion, a fully electric vehicle with solar cells that can be powered by solar energy, conventional electricity or other electric vehicles.
Production will begin in the second half of 2019 at a German factory that has received about 5,000 orders and is seeking to start selling at 16,000 euros ($ 18540) next year.
The Sion will have 330 solar panels installed on the roof, bonnet, and sides. Its battery cuts a distance of up to about 250 kilometers before it needs recharging.
"We have seat heating, air conditioning and a useful entertainment system where I can also connect my phone interactively, which means I already have a full car but it is very simple and inexpensive," said Lahore Han, co-founder and chief executive of Sono Motors.
(WIth inputs from Reuters)