The quirky Sono Motors Sion is expected to be on the road by 2018

Trying to start a car company from the ground up is no easy task - just ask Tesla. But as the old saying goes, “where there is a will, there is a way.” For Munich, Germany-based startup Sono Motors, that "way" was through crowdfunding.

The company was able to raise €192,000 (approx. $280,000 CAD) through an Indiegogo campaign, exceeding its original €150,000 (approx. $217,000 CAD) goal. Now, Sono is able to begin production on its egg-shaped Sion EV prototype, which will be on display to customers starting next year before it goes on sale.

The car will be available in two flavours. In the “Urban” trim, customers will pay $13,000 (approx. $16,800 CAD) for a range of about 75 miles (121 kilometres) on a single charge. Opt for the “Extender” edition, and for $18,000 (approx. $23,000 CAD) you can up that range to 155 miles (249 km) on a single charge. Add to that the fact that you can plug the car in to a standard household outlet.

No matter the trim, the Sion will use solar panels throughout; on the roof, doors, and rear. Those solar panels alone, the company says, will be able to generate as many as 18 miles (30 km) of driving range in a single day, making it “a self-charging electric car.”

Inside, the Sion will seat six comfortably. A large trunk space allows for storage and a 10-inch center display connects to your smartphone via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. A trailer hitch is optional.

Deliveries are expected to begin in Europe and North America in 2018, and for those early investors, Sono is offering a range of incentives from a full-day test drive, to discounts on the car itself. Interested buyers can put down a €500 (approx. $725 CAD)) refundable deposit, or a €2,000 (approx. $2,900 CAD) pre-order and get five percent off the standard MSRP.

Source: Sono Motors

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