Two autonomous electric car projects with solar panels on the exterior paintwork have been cancelled in recent months. Recently it was the Lightyear 0 that was cancelled, when it had barely started production, and now it has been the Sono Sion, the most anticipated electric car for 2023.
Over the last few months, we have spoken on many occasions about a ‘solar’ electric car; that is, a conventional electric car, after all, but with a body full of solar panels that serve to charge its battery and, in this way, save considerably on recharging. It was an electric car that, considering what the average Spaniard drives and taking into account the average solar radiation in our country, was going to be totally free to drive. But unfortunately, the project has been cancelled and there is no turning back now.
The Sono Sion, with a minivan body and 4.47 metres long, with a single electric motor of 163 hp maximum power and a battery with LFP cells of 54 kWh of energy storage capacity, had the photovoltaic technology to give us 112 km of free autonomy every week.