Sono shows Ari 458 with solar cells

Sono shows Ari 458 with solar cells

Sono Motors and Ari Motors have unveiled a light electric vehicle prototype with solar integration at the Intersolar trade show in Munich, Germany. The solar integration on the prototype's charging box delivers up to 450 watts of peak power, which is expected to extend the vehicle's range by an average of 20 kilometers per day.

The prototype is based on the well-known Ari 458 with an L-size box body, i.e. a light electric vehicle of the L7e class. A total of five PV modules made of a thin and specially hardened front glass have been mounted on the roof and side walls of the box body. According to Sono Motors, the aforementioned 20 kilometres of additional range should refer to "normal weather conditions in Munich", while up to 48 kilometres a day should be possible in "optimal weather conditions in the summer months".

The solar range is in addition to the battery range, which is between 120 and 200 kilometres for the Ari 458 Suitcase L, depending on the battery version. Interesting detail: for an extra 1,250 euros, Ari already offers a solar system on the roof of the 458, which is supposed to allow up to 30 kilometres a day. However, this system is significantly more massive than the version that Ari and Sono have now presented.

Sono Solar, the B2B division of Sono Motors, divides its activities into vehicle-integrated photovoltaics (ViPV) and vehicle-applied photovoltaics (VaPV). In ViPV, the cells are integrated directly into the body of a vehicle, such as in the Sono Sion. In the case of the Ari 458, this is a VaPV application, as the cells are applied to existing elements of the vehicle.