Story

Our Vision
Our goal is to become a global mobility and energy service provider within ten years, hence making a significant contribution to reducing global CO₂ emissions.

In order to protect resources and the environment, annual vehicle production volumes around the world must be significantly and permanently reduced. Only intelligent mobility concepts, which are suitable for everyday use and resource-conserving, will enable the implementation of this vision.

The Sion is the beginning of the mobility of the future.

Timeline

Today
We’re in the midst of series development. Every day we’re working at full tilt to get the Sion on the road.

We’ve contracted an experienced production partner to manufacture the Sion in Europe. We hope that you’re already looking forward to your Sion!

If you share our vision for sustainable mobility and want to take part in this change, then join us as we put the Sion on the road together. Each preorder brings us one crucial step closer to our vision. Learn more about how you can support us here.

November 2018
Continental to Build the Sion’s Motor
November 22 – the preparations for series production are continuing. Continental, the world’s second largest automotive supplier, is partnering with Sono Motors to build the Sion’s motor.

In addition to the motor, the Sion’s drive unit consists of the power electronics and the transmission. Their integration into a single system unit reduces the size and weight of the drive system, thereby boosting the vehicle’s performance. The Sion’s range of 250 kilometers (255 kilometers under the WLTP standard) has also been confirmed in simulations. You can find details about the Sion’s motor in our information sheet.

October 2018
Start of Our New Financing Round
We are happy to announce: after last year’s great success, our supporters can now once again participate in the development of Sono Motors via various platforms. Our community has supported us and our vision to shape tomorrow’s mobility from the very beginning and has made a significant contribution to our success to this day. That is why we have decided to integrate crowdinvesting into our new financing round yet again.

Thank you for your trust! Sono Motors is based on the idea of community, together we can achieve extraordinary results.

June 2018
We Did It: 5,000 Preorders!
Over 5,000 reservations from more than 30 different countries! In just two years, the idea and vision of three friends has grown into a community of inspired people. Together we’ve demonstrated what a vision can create when you have the will for it.
June 2018
Sion to Receive Innovative LED Headlights
After announcing our battery manufacturer in May 2018, we had the pleasure of announcing our partnership with Automotive Solutions Germany GmbH (ASG), a specialist in the development and series production of automotive lighting systems, at the beginning of June.

To develop a tailor-made concept for headlights, taillights, and brake lights, we, in cooperation with ASG, put together an expert team that will come up with a new LED technology for the Sion.

Each Sion will be fitted with this LED technology at no extra charge.

May 2018
Sion Battery to Be Manufactured in Germany
On May 9, we started a new chapter in Sono Motors’ history with the announcement of our battery supplier for series production.

Together with the established automotive supplier ElringKlinger, we’re developing and manufacturing the Sion’s beating heart – its battery – in Germany.

February 2018
The First Electric Car to Be Fully Carbon-Offset
In June 2017, we decided to offset all carbon emissions produced throughout the Sion manufacturing process. We made this decision public in February 2018. The reason for this decision is simple – we want to protect the climate with the Sion and our goSono mobility concept. Although we endeavor to act as ecologically and environmentally friendly as possible, there are simply some emissions from manufacturing, logistics, and our administration that we can’t completely avoid. That’s why we try to reduce our footprint to a minimum and offset all unavoidable emissions.

We’re currently identifying and recording all emissions produced as part of our mission to put the Sion on the road. With this in mind, we’re working on our sustainability and climate-protection strategy that will reduce our need for offsets step by step by avoiding and reducing carbon emissions.

January 2018
Test-Drive Tour 2018
Seeing as our 2017 test-drive tour across Europe was such a great success, we didn’t need to think long about it. In 2018, we’ll be hitting the road again on a grand tour across Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.
September 2017
Crowdinvesting
On September 1, we launched a one-of-a-kind worldwide crowdinvesting campaign. Using the online platforms “Seedrs” and “wiwin,” we offered our supporters two possible options.

We issued stock in Sono Motors GmbH through Seedrs, while offering fixed-interest loans over wiwin.

Through this, we raised almost €2.3 million in just a short period of time – an incredible success!

August 2017
Start of Test-Drive Tour across Europe
We began our great test-drive tour across Europe in the middle of August.

Six countries, 11 cities, and over 7,000 test-drives lay before us. Our six-person team spent three months touring Europe with the Sion as part of this.

Our Mission: To use the Sion to bring our vision of sustainable mobility to the people.

This tour was a highly important milestone for us. We’d promised the numerous supporters of our crowdfunding campaign precisely one year before that we’d offer test-drives within 12 months. A promise we were able to keep!

July 2017
Release Event – A Roaring Success!
On July 27, it was time. Time to finally present the Sion – an innovative, cost-effective electric car for daily use – to the world.

Almost 700 supporters as well as guests from politics, the media, and industry joined us for the event. The atmosphere was unbelievable.

Reports in the media all around the world jump-started preorders, which soared unimaginably the same evening.

April 2017
A Completely New Design
Your opinion counts. We asked for your feedback in multiple online surveys and received scores of suggestions and ideas for the Sion’s further development.

Our team burned the midnight oil on more than a few occasions as they incorporated your wishes and suggestions into the CAD model. We’re hoping to present the results at a large release event.

January 2017
Prototype Construction
We did it! Together with well-known partners in the automotive industry, we succeeded in developing two fully functioning prototypes in just seven months.

We’re extremely proud! A feat made possible thanks to our fantastic team.

November 2016
Our Team Is Growing!
Our team continues to increase its numbers, though to this day it is still composed only of people who share Sono Motors’ vision 100 percent. It is the core and motivation behind everything we do.

Thanks to the great work of our mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, management strategists, graphic designers, and communication experts, we are one giant step closer to our goal.

September 2016
Crowdfunding Success
It was unbelievable! We managed to raise over €820,000 through our crowdfunding campaign while newspapers, blogs, and magazines all around the world reported on us in detail.

Thanks to your incredible support, we dared to take the next step and construct the first Sion prototype.

July 2016
Start of Crowdfunding Campaign
Together we decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign to create the foundation for a completely new, environmentally friendly mobility concept. We wanted to convince people of the merits of our vision and, with their help, give the Sion its breakthrough.
January 2016
A Company Is Born
We established Sono Motors together with Navina in 2016. Navina contributed the design aspect to our then small team, giving Sono Motors a recognizable face. Our name, our logo, and, most significantly, our crowdfunding campaign are all the product of Navina. Thank you, Navina!
December 2015
Pre-prototype
We launched our project in Jona’s garage: the construction of a pre-prototype to prove that mobility can work differently and that renewable energies, like solar energy, can be a solution to conserve finite resources, such as oil, and protect the environment. We wanted to demonstrate to the world that it is technologically possible to integrate solar cells into a car and use solar energy to generate extra range self-sufficiently.

Day and night, we worked on our car – our vision. And then the time had come. Our pre-prototype was working. It drove its first few meters, and the feeling was indescribable!

October 2012
A Phone Call That Changed Everything
It all started with one critical phone call in which we, Jona and Laurin, discussed the wastefulness of oil consumption. There’s barely a resource more polarizing than oil. In spite of this, our mobility is still responsible for 61 percent of overall oil consumption – even though there are already alternatives available. This is why we decided to take matters into our own hands and bring about change.
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