Solar electric car: Sono Motors gets driver assistance system from Continental

Sono Motors, which plans to launch the Sion, an electric car with solar modules on the body, is expanding its cooperation with Continental. The auto supplier contributes a driver assistance system (ADAS) to the car, according to a sono message.

The ADAS is to be installed as standard, initially it will be integrated into the series validation vehicles, according to the press release. These cars, which Sono Motors sent into the series testing program in March this year, consist of series components and are intended to correspond to the expected final design. With the ADAS from Continental, the vehicle should comply with the upcoming stricter road safety regulations of the European Union (GSR).

Continental also wants to deliver a passive entry and smart entry system. This should automatically recognize authenticated users who approach the car, open the vehicle doors and start the low-voltage systems. The start-stop button for the series validation vehicles also comes from Continental, as does a crash sensor.

“Our partnership with Continental began in 2018 with work on components such as the electric motor, the software for the vehicle and the airbag control unit,” explains Laurin Hahn, co-founder and CEO of Sono Motors. His company plans to mass-produce the Sion in the second half of 2023. So far, 20,000 reservations are said to have been made. Continental and Sono Motors have already developed the software for the comfort and climate control as well as the energy, charge level and heat management of the powertrain.

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The body of the Sion is equipped with 456 solar half cells. They are said to increase the estimated 305 km range of the 54 kWh LFP battery by an average of 112 km per week. The battery should enable a maximum charging power of up to 75 kW (DC) and 11 kW (AC). In addition to the car, Sono Motors is also developing a “Solar Bus Kit”. This is to be used on buses that use public transport. The Munich transport company is testing the technology.


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