13 June 2018, Munich. Automotive Solutions Germany (ASG), member of Expleo,and automotive lighting solutions specialist, will support Sono Motors bydeveloping the exterior lighting of its Sion electrical solar car, the first series vehicle capable of recharging its battery from the sun.
Expleo will handle the design and preparation for series production of the entire exterior lighting of the Sion, from headlights and rear lights to high-mounted brake lights. A joint team bringing together experts from both Expleo and Sono Motors will develop a customised solution combining the enduring but lightweight LED-technology with cost-effective reflector-light systems.
“We are excited to cooperate with Sono Motors on this innovation project. We will be integrating cutting-edge lightweight lighting technology into the functional design of the car, in a way that meets both cost control and sustainability requirements of the Sion project,” explains Expleo Managing Director Andreas Spiegelberger.
“We are excited to team up with Expleo. As an experienced automotive lighting specialist, Expleo will be a strong development and production partner for the LED-technology equipment of the Sion“, adds Jona Christians,CEO of Sono Motors.
The Sion is the first series car to use solar panels on the chassis to recharge its battery. The integrated solar cells ensure that – depending on driving performance and insolation – a large part ofthe required energy comes from an entirely renewable source: the sun. The objective is to get the Sion on the road in the second half of 2019 for€ 16,000 (excluding the battery).
About Sono Motors
From the garage project of two friends and the vision of a sustainable mobility concept independent of fossil fuels, the innovative and owner-managed automobile company Sono Motors emerged in 2016. Today, an experienced team of engineers, designers, technicians and industry experts develops and builds a future-oriented electrical car with integrated solar cells suitable for everyday use. All CO₂-emissions resulting from the production and manufacture of the vehicle will be offset. Supported by well-known investors and crowdfunding, the first prototypes were produced in 2017 and have already been driven and experienced by more than 8,000 interested parties on test drive roadshows. The vision of the company founders was confirmed by the overwhelming response to the vehicle and mobility concept and will become a reality: the electric car Sion will go into series production in 2019. www.sonomotors.com
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