Sion electric car has a range of up to 255 kilometers that charges itself through the power of the sun.
It has 248 solar cells seamlessly integrated into the body of solar car. The Sion can add 112 km on average (up to 245 km) of driving range per week through solar energy to the car’s battery. Full self-sufficiency on short distances.
Sion has developed a unique process that allows it to integrate the solar cells into the injection mold, thus integrating them into the polymer matrix of the body parts during their production. This is its own patented technology with which it can achieve seamless integration of monocrystalline IBC solar cells into the car’s body panels.
It is able to waive using glass, a back sheet, a junction box, or an aluminum frame. The glass is replaced by a transparent thermoplastic whereas the aluminum frame, back sheet, and junction box are substituted by a non-transparent thermoplastic. As a result, its solar body panels are protected from external influences by the special polymer coating which brings a variety of advantages. The panels have a high resistance to physical impacts and are shatterproof.
Additionally, it can drastically reduce the weight of solar panels compared to conventional glass modules by more than 50 %. That makes its panels not heavier than standard car body panels. Furthermore, its tested material selection and solar cell technology ensure maximum efficiency, a higher yield on small surfaces, and seamless adaptation to the car exterior, where the solar cells are almost invisible.
In the case of the Sion, it can achieve an LCOE (Levelized Cost of Energy) of 0.12c€/kWh in Munich. That is far below the energy cost at a standard charging station. It, furthermore, enables a reduction of 20 % of the total cost of ownership of the vehicle over the first eight years, as more than 5,000 kilometers per year will be provided for free. Energy from the sun is simply cheaper than from the grid.