A German startup aims to sell a self-charging electric car covered in solar panels from 2022 after raising nearly $60 million in a recent 50-day crowdfunding campaign. Munich-based Sono Motors expects its €25,500 ($27,600) electric car, the Sion, to benefit from a range extension of as much as 20 miles per day in Germany, depending on the season and weather, thanks to a solar charging system integrated into the body of the car. More than 13,000 customers have already preordered the vehicle, the company said. It expects the first cars to roll off the assembly line of a former Saab factory in Trollhättan, Sweden in September 2021, with volume production at the start of 2022.
Green Tech Media 14th Feb 2020 read more »
A farmer is building solar-powered ice cream vans to make the industry less reliant on diesel generators. David Baker, of Styles Farm near Minehead, came up with the idea after customers were concerned about the diesel fumes from its regular vans. The solar panels power the freezers, ice-cream makers, and coffee machines. One of the prototypes ran for four days on solar power at last year’s Glastonbury Festival.
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