Sono Motors Unveils Next Gen Solar EV Prototype - Surprising Audience with Solar Trailer

  • Solar EV Innovator successfully exhibits next gen prototype in a two-part series at CES

  • Surprises community with new capabilities for proprietary polymer-based solar technology

  • Ushers in expanded possibilities for 100% clean, free energy production


13th January 2021 – Sono Motors, the Company that seeks to revolutionize the future of solar-powered transportation, successfully unveiled the next frontier for its polymer-based Sono Solar Technology at CES 2021. Remarkably, the Company surprised live session participants with the first prototype of a photovoltaic (PV) or solar trailer, produced in conjunction with Finnish solar manufacturer, Valoe and subsidized by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of the evTrailer research project. This announcement occurred in conjunction with the introduction of the next generation prototype for the innovative Solar EV, the Sion.

In line with Sono Motors’ vision for an affordable, accessible world without fossil fuels, the Company has created a proprietary platform to expand the use of the solar technology innovations borne from the Sion. The PV/solar trailer represents the next step for Sono Solar Technology, underscoring the technology’s potential use across various mobility applications and upending global consumers’ historic reliance on traditional combustion engines.
“We have found a way to deliver sustainable, free power across various transportation applications by replacing the traditional “paint shop” process with integrated solar technology. While Sono Solar Technology is cheaper, lighter, and much more efficient than conventional glass-based solar cells, I am most excited about the potential uses that will arise thanks to its incredible flexibility,” said Jona Christians, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sono Motors. “We are continuing to enhance this technology and look forward to our next achievements.”

The Sion also exhibited the first series-intended solar integration on the body for the model during CES 2021, emphasizing the Company’s innovation track record. 

What is new in the next gen prototype of the Sion

Sono Motors integrated series-intended parts into a prototype. Those parts either come from series suppliers or are parts that are close to series. Besides the successful implementation of the series-intended electric drive unit, the chassis and the MPPT Central Unit (MCU), Sono Motors achieved something remarkable by placing solar panels on all straight and curved exterior parts of the vehicle. Sono Motors has also taken a major step forward in the development of the Sono App and infotainment, which is demonstrated by this prototype. The in-vehicle series-intended control units now communicate with the app and infotainment. For example in live tracking of solar energy, keyless entry, opening the charging lid, control of the cabin temperature and ambient light. High quality surface materials and the series-close dashboard give the vehicle a modern look and a good indication of the standard look and feel of the Sion.

For more information about the new features of the prototype, please submit a request to Sono Motor’s contact persons.


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Sono Motors is on a pioneering mission to accelerate the revolution of mobility by making every vehicle solar. Its disruptive solar technology has been developed to enable seamless integration into all types of vehicles to reduce the impact of CO2 emissions and pave the way for climate-friendly mobility.

Sono Motors is developing the world’s first solar electric vehicle (SEV) for the masses, the Sion. Empowered by a strong community, Sono Motors has amassed more than 14,000 reservations with advance payments for the Sion. These vehicles will be produced through contract manufacturing with customer deliveries expected to begin in the first half of 2023.

The unmatched solar technology is also being licensed to other manufacturers for application in vehicles such as buses, trailers, trucks, camper vans, trains and boats.

Learn more about the company and products at www.sonomotors.com.