Continental supports Sono Motors in the development of a solar electric car

The Sion series validation vehicles are equipped with several hardware and software solutions from the technology company Continental

Munich, Germany – Solar Mobility OEM Sono Motors is expanding its cooperation with technology company Continental by equipping the company’s Sion series validation vehicles, the solar electric vehicle (SEV), with other proven technologies from the automotive supplier. Among other things, the companies will integrate an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) from Continental into Sono Motors’ production validation vehicles for the first time as part of the expanded cooperation.

Scalable ADAS functionality is planned to be standard in every Sion, which is expected to cost around €25,000 net. Looking forward, ADAS will not only make driving the Sion safer and more comfortable, but will also ensure that the Sion complies with the forthcoming stricter European Union road safety regulations (GSR). This cooperation enables Sono Motors to increase the efficiency of its development of the Sion, which has the potential to become the world’s first affordable SEV, using existing modern technologies. Sono Motors currently plans to start production of the Sion in the second half of 2023.

“We started our partnership with Continental in 2018 working on parts like the electric motor, Sion vehicle control unit software and the airbag control unit. other areas, such as ADAS and connectivity, not only helps us make rapid and decisive progress in development, but also gives us the assurance that we will provide proven quality technology to our customers,” says Laurin Hahn. , co-founder and CEO of Sono Motors.

A range of advanced technologies make the Sion safer and smarter

In close collaboration, Continental and Sono Motors developed the comfort and climate control software, as well as the energy, load level and thermal management of the powertrain. As part of the expanded cooperation, Continental will also provide smart connectivity features, such as a passive access and smart entry system, which automatically recognizes an authenticated user approaching the car, opens the vehicle doors and starts low-voltage systems, as well as an on/off button for Sono Motors series validation vehicles. In the field of safety, the two companies also integrate the collision sensor of Sion. Engineers from both companies have already started an intense test program with the serial validation vehicles at the Continental proving ground in Frankfurt to further validate and improve the integrated technologies.

A renowned company with proven know-how

The German company Continental has more than 150 years of experience and a proven track record in developing innovative and quality technologies and services for the mobility industry. Continental generated sales of €33.8 billion in 2021 and currently employs more than 190,000 people in 58 countries and markets. “We are particularly committed to sustainable mobility solutions and are therefore delighted to be actively involved in a climate-friendly and exciting mobility project as a partner of Sono Motors”, says Christoph Falk-Gierlinger, managing director of the development service provider and production of Continental, Continental Engineering Services.

The Sion, an electric vehicle powered by the sun

The Sion is a spacious and family-friendly solar electric vehicle. Its outer envelope will be made up of 456 perfectly integrated solar half-cells and will allow autonomy over short journeys. The energy generated by the solar cells is expected to extend the estimated 305 km range of Sion’s 54 kWh LFP battery by an average of 112 km/70 mi (up to 245 km/152 mi) per week. Commuters in German metropolitan areas will need to charge their Sion up to four times less than conventional electric cars in the same vehicle class with a similar battery size. The battery will allow a maximum charging capacity of 75 kW (DC) and 11 kW (AC).

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