Former Saab factory to produce Sion electric vehicle

April 17, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Former Saab factory to produce Sion electric vehicle
The electric vehicle startup Sono (Munich) has contracted a partner for series production: The company's first car, the Sion, will be built by NEVS (National Electric Vehicle Sweden). According to Sono, the decision was not only based on economic reasons.

Sono intends to mass-produce an small electric car in 48V technology. The special feature of the vehicle is that the entire body is covered with solar cells. These are intended to use solar energy to support the charging of the batteries independently of charging columns.

NEVS operates the former production line of the former vehicle manufacturer Saab Automobile AB in Trollhättan (Sweden) who went insolvent in 2012. In addition to aspects such as quality and costs, other criteria for the Sono management were also important for the selection, Chief Operating Officer Thomas Hausch explained in a blog post. "These include above all sustainability, fair working conditions and short delivery routes. That's why we chose a partner who shares our values and visions," Hausch wrote. This partnership makes it possible to implement production with 100% renewable energies, he added.

Series production for the Sion is scheduled to start in the second half of 2020. Initially, a production period of eight years is planned for a total of 260,000 units. After the ramp-up phase, around 43,000 cars will be produced annually in two-shift operation. For the first time, the company now also quoted a price: the environmentally friendly vehicle is to be launched on the market for 25.500 euros. Further models on the Sion platform are planned, it was said. There are currently 9800 advance orders.

In order to strengthen the idea of sustainable mobility, the Sion is delivered ex works with integrated sharing options. These enable the owner to use a mobile application (goSono App) to share the car itself, individual journeys or energy. Via the bi-directional charging function, the Sion can receive and emit electricity, operate electrical appliances independently or feed energy into other vehicles and the power grid. Thanks to full-surface solar integration, up to 34 kilometres of pure and free solar energy can be charged into the vehicle battery every day at peak times, with a regular WLTP


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