Solar car Sion to enter production in 2023
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Following years of development, Sono Motors is now building a fleet of test vehicles before confiding mass production to Valmet Automotive, a Finnish company which produces vehicles under contract.
Sono Motors already has 19,000 reservations for the Sion, with the average advance of 2,225 euros ($2,225) helping finance development.
The company plans to produce more than 250,000 of the vehicles over the next seven years at a price of just over 25,000 euros.
Both startups and established carmakers have begun to integrate solar panels on electric vehicles to extend the range.
The Lightyear 0 is supposed to begin shipping to clients later this year, but only a thousand or so are to be produced at a price tag of 250,000 euros.
The Spain-based firm plans to roll out a mass market vehicle in 2024-2025.
The California start-up Aptera hopes to deliver a two-seat three-wheel vehicle next year and has 25,000 orders.
One version of the vehicle with a range of 400 kilometres costs $26,000, while another with 1,600 kilometres in range costs $46,000.