Next year, SAAB’s factory in Trollhattan (Sweden) will be a production site for the Sono Sion electric minivan with solar cells.
Sono is a Munich-based start-up. The spacious and practical vehicle has a low-key design. It is 4,290 mm long, 1,830 mm wide, 1,670 mm high, the wheelbase is 2,770 mm. Its price is affordable enough – $25,500.
The Sono Sion’s body is covered with solar cells. Apparently, for this reason, the new EV can be black only.
One more distinctive feature is the impressive-looking moss in a backlit transparent ‘flask’ on the front panel. It acts as a cabin filter.
A front-wheel-drive electric motor delivers 163 hp and 199 lb-ft (270 Nm) of torque.
A 35-kWh battery provides a 159-mi (255-km) driving range according to WLTP (180 miles (289 km) when adding the energy accumulated by solar cells).
It usually takes 30 minutes to charge up to 80% at a fast-charging station.
The Sono Sion can be picked up directly from the factory or ordered home delivery.
Minor repairs can be made with your own hands. In case of more serious malfunctions, local servicemen will be able to carry out repairs thanks to a clear guidance.
Sono and NEVS (acquired the assets of Saab) signed an agreement to build 260,000 Sions within 8 years at the Swedish factory.
The conveyor will be launched in 2020. The company has already collected more than 10,000 reservations.