Sono Motors needs to deliver know-how it developed for its photo voltaic electrical automobile to the plenty. And it’s beginning with autonomous shuttle startup EasyMile.
The German-based startup stated Tuesday throughout a presentation on the digital 2021 CES tech commerce present that it’ll license its photo voltaic physique panel know-how to different firms. EasyMile, which offers electrical autonomous shuttle buses governments, universities and different firms, would be the first to combine the photo voltaic physique panels onto its automobiles, in accordance Sono Motors co-founder and CEO Laurin Hahn, who made the announcement after the corporate’s next-generation Sion photo voltaic electrical automobile was revealed.
From afar, the Sono Motors’ electrical Sion automobile appears like a compact automobile with black paint. Upon nearer inspection, your entire exterior of the automobile is definitely comprised of tons of of photo voltaic cells which were built-in into polymer as an alternative of glass.
This makes them lighter, strong, cheaper and extra environment friendly than every other know-how obtainable at the moment within the markets, in line with Arun Ramakrishnan, senior photo voltaic integration supervisor at Sono Motors, who added that they’ll built-in into virtually any object.
The photo voltaic physique panels are light-weight — similar to conventional physique panels on at present’s fashionable automobiles — and the polymer coating prevents the cells from splintering, the corporate stated.
These photo voltaic cells convert daylight into vitality, which is saved within the automobile’s battery. The photo voltaic cells, which works if a automobile is driving or parked, can add up almost 21.7 miles of vary per day on the Sion automobile, the corporate stated, noting that these stats are based mostly on common climate in Munich.
The intention is to make automobiles much less depending on charging infrastructure, Hahn stated.
The photo voltaic physique panels aren’t designed to switch conventional charging strategies. However, it could possibly cut back how usually the automobile must be plugged in. Sono Motors famous that the photo voltaic integration within the Sion automobile extends the necessity to plug in from as soon as every week to each 4 weeks, stats based mostly on a mean day by day commute in Germany of 10 miles.
Sono Motors confirmed Tuesday a trailer outfitted with the photo voltaic physique panels, only one use case for the know-how. The trailer, which is only a prototype, is able to producing as much as 80 kilowatt hours per day.
“Just think about the large potential,” Ramakrishnan stated, noting that the tech may very well be utilized by refrigerated vans or different fleets.