Sion From Sono Motors Will Have Better Range Than Expected

The upcoming solar-powered marvel from German automaker Sono Motors is shaping up to be quite the vehicle.

  • The new 54 kWh LFP battery provides the Sion with range of up to 305 km.
  • Charging power has also been increased of up to 75 kW.
  • These batteries are safe and avoid the use of cobalt, nickel and manganese.

German startup Sono Motors have announced a brand new battery to be used in its upcoming Sion SEV (solar electric vehicle).

The change in power benefits the vehicle tenfold, giving Sion much better range as a result.

So, what has Sono Motors changed exactly?

Simple, they’ve switched to a new LFP (lithium iron phosphate) battery — a battery that is said to be one of the safest on the market as it dispenses the use of cobalt, nickel and manganese.

Moreover, with this change, the new battery should be able to handle at least 3,000 charge cycles or up to 900,000 km (560,000 miles) before needing a replacement.

“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… this improved battery will strengthen the Sion’s unique market position even further.”
— Laurin Hahn, CEO of Sono Motors

Unfortunately, the additional range provided does not extend to the power supplied by the solar panels on the Sion — that remains unchanged at a weekly average of 112 km.

To recap, the benefits of using the enhanced battery include:

  • The range of the vehicle is extended of up to 305 km (previously 255 km).
  • Charging rate is also increased, previously 50 kW, now 75 kW.
  • No use of materials such as cobalt, nickel and manganese.

This news should come as no surprise to some. Sono Motors has built an entire company on clean mobility. Have you checked out the Sion at all? If not, do so.

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