Full Year 2021 Corporate Update: Sono Motors Solar Technology Delivered to Several Partners and Sion Production Capacity Secured

  • Several B2B Projects for Solar Integration Delivered, Including Solar Buses for Public Transport in Q1 2022, Last Mile Delivery Truck and US RV Retailer in 2021.

  • Between 2021 and Q1 2022 Sono Solar B2B Partner Arrangements Increased From 2 to 17.

  • Signed a Contract Manufacturer With Years of Experience in Production for Premium OEMs, Which Will Provide Production Capacity for 257,000 Cars Within 7 Years.

  • As of 31 March 2022, Reservations for The Sion Solar Electric Vehicle (SEV) Totaled Over 17,000, With an Average Down Payment of €2,390 Net.

  • Development of the Sion Progressed as Planned With Building of a Series-Validation Vehicle Fleet, to Be Presented to the Public This Summer.

  • Sono Car Sharing App Launched in Germany.

Munich, 19 April 2022 Sono Group N.V. (NASDAQ: SEV) (hereafter referred to as “Sono Motors” or the “Company”, parent company to “Sono Motors GmbH”), the company that aims to revolutionize the future of solar-powered transport, today announced its financial results for the financial year ended 31 December 2021.

“We have achieved major milestones on our growth path. We’re scaling up our Sono Solar business, have delivered several products to B2B customers in the last months, and thus generated first revenues. Our proprietary solar technology is already contributing to climate protection and the reduction of CO2 emissions on Munich public transport and supporting the city’s clean air targets. These examples showcase our plan to diversify our business by establishing our B2B solar business as a strategic pillar, equal to our solar electric vehicle, the Sion,” states Laurin Hahn, CEO and co-founder of Sono Motors.

“This year we also have a clear focus on enhancing the quality, testing, and speed of the Sion program. We are now well into the series-validation phase and progressing with vehicle testing and certification. Our collaborative working with our new contract manufacturer positions us well to keep our promise and deliver a climate-neutral Sion to our customers next year,” Hahn adds.

2021 Business Highlights

  • Grew B2B solar integration client base, with more contracts and offers from various OEMs and fleet owners across various transportation sectors. In Q4 2021, we delivered our first solar-powered light-electric vehicle prototype to ARI Motors and installed the first RV solar retrofit for a client in the U.S.
  • Opened our dedicated development center for the B2B solar business. Specialists use bespoke equipment and test facilities to enhance speed for all solar projects.
  • Launched Gen 2 prototypes at CES and used those vehicles for intensive development, the completion of first winter & summer tests, continued engineering and over 1,000 customer test drives, bringing the total test drive number to more than 18,000 customers so far.
  • The vast majority of Sion sourcing decisions were made by year-end 2021.
  • The launch of the Sono app on 6 December 2021 enabled Sono Motors to expand its app beyond the Sion. The aim is to gather more data and customer feedback for incremental development of the service. Sono Motors provides an in-app booking and payment system as well as additional insurance if required. The app allows users in Germany to share their car - not just the Sion - via community car sharing with friends, family, and neighbors.
  • By the end of 2021, 231 people of over 30 different nationalities were employed at Sono Motors. This represents an approximate team size increase of 120% over the year. This number increased to 267 people by the end of Q1 2022.

Recent Updates

  • Sono Motors delivered its innovative solar technology to several customers including Munich’s public transport provider MVG. Our solar bus retrofit solution can reduce local CO2 emissions by over 6.5 metric tons per year, per vehicle. Further benefits include fuel savings of up to 2,500 liters of diesel per vehicle, per year, the stabilization of energy supply, the extension of the 24V battery life, and reduced maintenance costs.
  • Increased solar integration B2B partner arrangements to 17 by 31 March 2022, compared to 2 at the start of 2021.
  • Signed binding term sheet with Valmet Automotive as an experienced contract manufacturer for the Sion. As of today, Valmet Automotive has produced over 1.7 million cars for brands like Mercedes, Porsche, and SAAB. Valmet Automotive will build the Sion at its plant in Uusikaupunki, Finland, and will provide the capacity to produce 257,000 vehicles over a seven-year period. This cooperation marks another milestone toward delivering the Sion to our growing Community.
  • Build of a fleet of 37 series-validation vehicles and Bodies in White is currently underway, ushering in the Sion's testing program. These cars consist of series components and correspond to the planned final design. This was established in Q1 2022, alongside completing the 2nd generation prototype program, as well as the accompanying definition of components and vehicle parameters. The fleet will be used for series validation, optimization, homologation, and crash tests.
  • Significant progress has been made on Sion’s User Interface and User Experience Design (UI/UX) by integrating payment processes, insurance booking and Salesforce, Google, and SAP within the backend infrastructure for a fully digital customer experience.
  • ESG activities include progress towards offsetting activity-based value chain emissions, and our participation in the Time for Climate Action campaign prior to Earth Day on 22 April 2022, and our first full year (2021) of operations with first local impacts within the Fair Cobalt Association.

Financial Highlights

  • Commenced monetizing the proprietary solar technology – several public transport buses have been equipped. Retrofitting of a boat and refrigeration trucks is ongoing.
  • Sono Motors amassed over 16,700 direct consumer reservations by year-end 2021. Reservations increased by nearly 4,000 in 2021, equivalent to a 31% y-o-y increase.
  • As of 31 March 2022, the Sion has over 17,000 reservations with an average down payment of €2,390 net and equivalent net sales volume of € 368 million, assuming that all reservations result in sales.
  • Cash and cash equivalents of €132.9 million as of 31 December 2021, demonstrating an increase of 206.9% compared to year-end 2020 (€43.3 million).
  • Loss from operations totaled €59.2 million (2020: €53.9 million). Net loss totaled €63.9 million and €1.07 loss per share (2020: €56.0 million and €0.97).
  • €16 thousand revenues generated, thereof €11 thousand from integrating our proprietary solar technology.
  • OpEx increased mainly due to intensified development of prototypes and general company growth.
  • Cash in the bank increased by €90 million in 2021, mainly driven by IPO (cash-in of €142 million).
  • Increase of €4 million in advance payments received from customers.
     

Conference Call Information

Sono Motors will host a webcast for analysts on this occasion at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. CET) today, 19 April 2022. The live audio webcast and supplementary information will be accessible on Sono Motors’ IR website at https://ir.sonomotors.com/. A replay of the webcast will also be available.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

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Sono Motors (NASDAQ: SEV) is on a pioneering mission to accelerate the revolution of mobility by making every vehicle solar. Sono Motors’ disruptive solar technology has been engineered to be seamlessly integrated into a variety of vehicle architectures – including buses, trucks, trailers, and more – to extend range and reduce fuel costs as well as the impact of CO2 emissions, paving the way for climate-friendly mobility.

The Company’s trailblazing vehicle, the Sion, has the potential to become the world’s first affordable solar electric vehicle (SEV) for the masses. Empowered by a strong global community, Sono Motors has approx. 21,000 reservations with advance down payments for the Sion as of 30 November 2022.