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Fitting solar panels is “cheaper than a paint job”

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As yet another futuristic European concept, German start-up Sono Motors has created the Sion – a €16,000 electric supermini that’s covered in solar panels.

Due to the price of solar panels falling so much, Sono CEO and co-founder Laurin Hahn says the 330 integrated solar cells are apparently cheaper than painting the Sion.

Under “proper” conditions – ie, not in England – the solar panels can generate enough energy to cover an extra 30km on top of the standard battery charge range of 250km.

The 109bhp battery, in combination with a single-speed transmission, can kick out a top speed of 65mph and even claims towing capability up to 750kg.

Packed with even more quirks and gadgets, biSono technology allows you to take charge from the car itself, whether to boost your friend’s Sion, but also laptops, hairdryers, vacuum cleaner, the works. There’s also fancy moss built into the dashboard that filters 20 per cent of fine dust particles by electrostatic attraction… or something.

It was part funded by a crowdsource campaign, and is now available to preorder from as little as €500, with orders starting to deliver in 2019.

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