German’s Sono will join forces with NEVS (National Electric Vehicle Sweden) in order to build its series production solar-powered Sion EV at Saab’s former manufacturing facility in Trollhattan, Sweden.
The five-door hatchback will go into production next year, with the factory estimated to roll out some 43,000 vehicles per year, reports Autonews Europe. Sono will build 260,000 vehicles in total over an eight year period.
Sono has been test driving the Sion in Europe since 2017, a car whose solar cells (330 of them) are built into the surface of its panels. In terms of range, solar power can help you cover 21 miles (34 km), although if you charge it in a more conventional way via a power outlet, you could travel 155 miles (250 km) on a single charge.
The German startup also wants to fit the car with integrated sharing options, allowing the owner to offer rides using an app. Meanwhile, a bi-directional charging function enables the Sion to receive electricity and feed it to other vehicles (or into the grid) at the same time.
Another interesting fact about the Sion is that it features a natural air-filtration system dubbed ‘breSono’, which uses electro-static gravitation to filter up to 20% of particulate matter out of the air.
As for how much it will cost, Sono is aiming for a price tag of 25,500 euros ($28,680), with 9,800 orders having already been placed.