Sono Motors’ Solar Cars to Launch in USA
Which companies are Leading the Way for Solar-Powered Cars ??
The German startup, Sono Motors has been doing great in terms of bookings in Europe for their solar car Sion. There have already been over 40,000 pre-orders for the same in Europe and now plans to enter the US market. The Sono Sion is the solar-powered EV that will go into production in the second half of 2023. With the plan to emerge as a global player in the space, Sono Motors is going on a tour in the US.
How the Technology works? Solar vehicles are being considered the next step in the evolution of EVs. By installing solar panels on the body of the vehicles, the sun’s energy can be harnessed to power them. The prime concern with such a setup is the fact that there would be challenges on days when there is no sunlight. Also, the areas where sunlight is not in abundance, gaining adequate range from the solar cells could pose issues.
Sono Motors plans the production of Sion Solar Car by the Second Half of 2023
The Sono Sion could be a bit smaller for the US market, Sono could also try to introduce its Integrated Solar Technology. That will not limit its success to just its EVs. As the technology could be used in trucks, buses, trailers and other vehicles. While these vehicles need not necessarily be powered by solar powertrain alone, these could be used as auxiliary systems to reduce the fuel consumption. In fact, this technology is already being used in German public transport.
That is the reason why solar powertrains will most commonly be used in conjunction with another powertrain. That could be a hybrid system with an electric or regular engine. Whatever the case may be, we shall wait to see how the industry pans out and how successful solar cars will get in times to come. What are your thoughts on this entire solar EV theme?
Companies That Are Leading the Way for Solar-Powered Cars:
The jury is still out on solar cars. Some say it is the future of mobility, while others claim it will never take off.
One notable critic recently changed his stance. Elon Musk said in 2017 at the National Governors Association meeting that, “the least efficient place to put solar is on the car.” Now, Tesla’s new Cybertruck offers the option to add solar panels for more range.
Squad Mobility has just released the Squad solar-charging car. It is a car that uses solar’s limitations as its strength. The car is built with “concentric European style cities” in mind, which “are not particularly designed for cars.”
What’s more, the cars are designed to be compact and easy to park so they can spend most of their time soaking in the sun’s energy.
Back in June, Dutch startup Light Year unveiled a prototype for what they call the first car capable of driving long distances powered only by the Sun.The car, called Lightyear One, has a roof and hood made up of five square meters of integrated solar cells.
The solar panels are encased in safety glass, “so strong that a fully-grown adult can [safely] walk on them,” the company claims.
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