Munich-based mobility provider Sono Motors has opted for a more powerful 54 kWh battery for use in the SEV (Solar Electric Vehicle) Sion. The new battery extends the vehicle’s total range by up to 305 km and its maximum charging power by up to 75 kW. The previous range was 255 km.
The new LFP (lithium iron phosphate) battery is considered to be one of the safest on the market, and also completely dispenses with the use of cobalt, nickel and manganese.
The additional range provided by the Sion’s solar panels remains unchanged at a weekly average of 112 km (245 km per week at peak).
Laurin Hahn, CEO of Sono Motors, says: “In our survey, more than 90% of our existing reservation holders voted for a more powerful battery,. This move is just another example of how Sono Motors is continuing to drive innovation and sustainability, whilst responding to the wishes of our Community throughout the development of the Sion. Boasting greater capacity, greater range, faster charging, enhanced safety features and no cobalt, nickel or manganese usage, this improved battery will strengthen the Sion’s unique market position even further.”
Markus Volmer, Chief Technology Officer at Sono Motors, adds: “The growing EV market is generating enormous demand for longer-lasting, more sustainable batteries. This enhanced battery enables Sion drivers to extend the time between charges, whilst reducing the charging time itself. This effectively optimizes the Sion to deliver easy and affordable sustainable mobility for everyone.”
In 2017, Sono Motors introduced the public to its innovative and family-friendly solar electric car, the Sion. To date, the company has received more than 13,000 down-payments for the Sion.