The Sion, made by Sono Motors, is a compact car entirely wrapped in solar panels. Its manufacturer claims that solar power alone is enough to meet most daily driving needs.
The Sion is expected to begin production and distribution in the second half of next year in Europe, including the U.S. And other international markets will follow.
According to a press release, the exterior of the car is covered with more than 450 "solar semi-cells," which can provide a driving range of up to 70 miles per week in normal weather.
For longer driving needs, the car is equipped with a 54 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery, which offers a driving range of up to 190 miles on a single charge.
US In the U.S., travelers cover long distances, so the initial appeal of the Sion may be limited. The driving range of the Cyan can be compared to that of the standard-class Tesla Model 3.
Sono's co-founder and co-CEO Jonah Christian said the main selling point of the Sion is that its solar power alone is enough to meet most of the daily driving needs.
"Demand for EVs in the US has skyrocketed in recent years. Still, the company sees the US as a market with "great growth potential," said Jonah Christian.
Sono said it aims to begin testing the Sion in the US in the coming months, with possible spec tweaks before reaching the US market.