Markus Volmer (47) will be the new lead for complete vehicle development at Sono Motors
Mr Volmer has extensive experience in the development and testing of production vehicles, having held managerial positions at Daimler, Borgward, and Foton
Munich, 18 March 2021 – Mobility provider Sono Motors has appointed graduate engineer Markus Volmer to the post of Chief Technology Officer (CTO), effective immediately. Markus Volmer (47) has more than 18 years of experience as a senior development engineer in the automotive industry, which he brings to his new post as CTO. He will be leading the complete vehicle development at Sono Motors and as such will be responsible for testing and validating the Sion, a solar electric vehicle (SEV), as it reaches production maturity. After holding several posts in development and testing at Daimler, Mr Volmer joined the Chinese Foton Motor Group and Borgward in 2016, where his most recent post was that of Senior Chief Engineer, which put him in charge of complete vehicle development. He was able to achieve a 40-percent increase in reliability and quality in light commercial vehicles.
“Markus has extensive technical expertise and international experience in the development and testing of production vehicles while at the same time significantly advancing commercial vehicle electrification. Having him on board takes us a decisive step further towards offering our customers the Sion, the first affordable SEV in the world, and becoming a global mobility leader”, says Laurin Hahn, CEO and founder of Sono Motors.
Its latest addition included, the Sono Motors management board will now be made up of the founders and CEOs, Laurin Hahn and Jona Christians, as well as Torsten Kiedel (CFO), Thomas Hausch (COO), and Markus Volmer (CTO).
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Sono Motors is on a mission to enable a revolutionary mobility system, where every electric vehicle is solar, shared, and independent from fossil-fuels. Today, an experienced specialist team is developing a forward-looking electric car that is suitable for daily use, the Sion. Both the Sion’s integrated solar technology and innovative mobility services will enable users to access clean mobility, harness solar energy and reduce CO2 impacts.
Sono Motors was founded in 2016 and has rapidly grown to approximately 200 employees today. The team combines a range of burgeoning global talent with industry veterans, including former employees from BMW, Nissan, Chrysler, Daimler, Audi, Mozilla, Sixt, FlixBus and mytaxi. Since its foundation, the company has raised approximately € 100M through reservations and funding. The company released its first generation Sion prototype in 2017 and has amassed 13,000 reservations with advance payments. In 2018, Sono Motors was recognized as a Solar Impulse Foundation by the Solar Impulse Foundation. In January of 2020, Sono Motors successfully closed one of the largest community crowdfunding campaigns in Europe.
Sono Motors’ Sion intends to blend disruptive technology with affordability to enable individual contribution to global sustainability. The Sono solar technology replaces traditional paint with proprietary integrated solar panels that can form to various applications. Additionally, the Sion’s solar panels can add up to 245 km or 152 mi (112 km or 70mi on average) of additional driving range per week to the car’s battery. The Sion is expected to have the lowest TCO (total cost of ownership) in its category at the start of production, which is scheduled for the first half of 2023.