Sono Motors from Munich showed its debut model – Sion – back in 2016. Funds for launching an electric car in a series were collected on a crowdfunding platform. Initially, it was planned to start production last year at the facilities of the former factory in Swedish Trollhattan, which is now owned by NEVS, but due to financing problems, the launch of the series was postponed to the end of 2020, and now to September 2021.
For the start of the company, only 50 million euros were missing, the collection of which she announced last December, having lost faith in the search for investors. According to the press service of Sono Motors, the amount in the account has reached the desired goal and continues to grow. 75% of the collected funds is an advance payment on Sion, the size of which everyone determines for himself. At the moment, 13 thousand pre-orders have been collected. In total, over eight years they plan to produce 260 thousand cars.
Sono Sion – a five-seater minivan, reaching 4290 mm in length with a wheelbase of 2770 mm. The volume of the luggage compartment is 650-1250 liters. A 163-horsepower engine developing 270 Nm of torque is installed on the front axle of the electric car. A 35 kWh built-in floor battery provides a range of 255 km on the WLTP cycle. The minivan can drive about 34 km more due to the energy accumulated by the solar panel installed on the roof. With a curb weight of only 1,400 kg, the minivan accelerates from standstill to 100 km / h in 9.0 seconds and develops a maximum speed of 140 km / h.
There is only one complete set: four airbags, single-zone climate control, cruise control, heated seats, power windows, a multimedia system with four speakers and two USB ports, LED headlights and stamped rims “shod” in all-season tires of dimension 205/60 R 16. “Chip” electric car – cabin air filter from natural moss.