Sono Motors wants to spread the technology developed for its solar electric car to the masses. And it’s starting with autonomous shuttle startup EasyMile.
The German-based startup said during a presentation at the Virtual 2021 CES Tech Trade Show on Tuesday that it would license its solar body panel technology to other companies. EasyMile, which provides electric autonomous shuttle buses to governments, universities and other companies, integrates solar body panels on its vehicles, according to Laurine Hahn, co-founder and CEO of Sono Motors, which announces the company’s next generation. Will be the first. Sion Solar Electric Car was detected.
From afar, Sono Motors’ electric cyan vehicle resembles a black compact car. Upon closer inspection, the entire exterior of the vehicle actually consists of hundreds of solar cells that have been integrated into the polymer rather than glass.
It makes them Lighter, stronger, cheaper and more efficient than any other technology currently available in the markets, according to Arun Ramakrishnan, senior solar integration manager at Sono Motors, who said they could integrate into almost any item.
Solar body panels are lighter – compared to traditional body panels on today’s modern cars – and polymer coating prevents cells from spreading, the company said.
These solar cells convert sunlight into energy, which is stored in vehicle batteries. The solar cell, which works if a vehicle is driving or parked, can add a range of about 21.7 miles per day to the Sion car, the company said, adding that the figures are based on average weather in Munich.
Its purpose is to make vehicles less dependent on charging infrastructure.
Solar body panels are not designed to replace traditional charging methods. However, it can reduce how often the vehicle needs to be plugged. Sono Motors noted that the solar integration into the Cyan car expands the need to plug in once every four weeks, a figure of 10 miles based on average daily commute in Germany.
Sono Motors on Tuesday showed a trailer with a solar body panel, which is just a use case for the technology. The trailer, which is just a prototype, is capable of generating up to 80 kilowatt hours per day.
“Just imagine the huge potential,” Ramakrishnan said, seeing that the technology can be used Refrigerated trucks or other fleets.