German solar powered car startup signs Bosch

German solar powered car startup signs Bosch

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By Nick Flaherty

Bosch will provide the central control unit (CCU) and a software-based solution for its intelligent networking for the Sion, which has a solar panel as a key part of the propulsion system. The data connection with the cloud will be managed by the CCU and by the Bosch Automotive Cloud Suite, which will also support a number of functions in the goSono app from Sono Motors. Cloud connectivity will also act as a basis for digital mobility services, such as charging electric cars and the eCall automated emergency call function.

“The mobility of the future must be devised in such a way that it is more climate and resource preserving and be considerably more efficient than it has been so far,” said Roberto Diesel, Chief Technology Officer at Sono Motors. “Private vehicles remain unused for 23 hours per day on average. They worsen the problems of limited inner-city parking space and are often used by one person alone. The integrated mobility functions are therefore a core part of our car concept,” he said.

This is based on the idea of making the vehicle accessible to as many users as possible. A mobile application integrating all the mobility services will allow users to share rides, energy, or even the car itself. 

Sono Motors recently announced Continental as the supplier of the Sion’s electric drive system and ElringKlinger as its partner for battery development and production. The company has so far received around 9,300 partially paid preorders for the Sion and production is scheduled to commencefor the end of 2019.

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