The source of the energy used to charge up your electric vehicle can be very important, especially if that source is solar. If you happen to park your electric car in a spot using solar panels to charge, that energy is usually free of charge since it doesn't come from a typical source.
To cut out the middle man, some automakers have come out with solar roof options for their electric vehicles. Toyota unveiled a solar roof option for the 2017 Prius Prime and the Fisker Karma from way back when had one, too. Other brands are expected to forge ahead with solar roofs on electric vehicles, most notably Tesla, as a way of getting extra juice while driving.
Sion Has 330 Solar Cells For An Extra 18 Miles Of Range
One of those brands is a German startup called Sono Motors. The startup, as Quartz reports, claims it will commence testing of what it believes will be the first affordable electric vehicle, which is called the Sion, with a battery pack that can get some extra power from the sun.
As the outlet states, the vehicle is covered with 330 solar cells alongside the entire body – not just on its roof like some of the vehicles available today. The solar panels aren't for show, either, as the company claims that they add an additional 30 km (18. 6 miles) of range. And, with an unnamed battery size, the vehicle is expected to have a range of 250 km (155 miles) when fully charged.
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