Sono Motors has chosen Continental AG to build electric propulsion system for its innovative "Sion" vehicle, the Munich-based automotive start-up announced on Thursday.
Although neither Sono Motors, nor Continental, were willing to comment publicly on the value of the order, the German press agency (dpa) cited information that the sale was worth several hundreds of millions of euros throughout the car's life cycle. Sono Motors wrote on its website that Continental was partnering with it to build the Sion's motor, including the power electronics and transmission of the drive unit.
Founded as recently as 2016, Sono Motors describes the Sion as the world's "first mass-produced electric car that can charge its battery using solar power". The start-up is advertising the car at a unit price of 16,000 euros (18,264 U.S. dollars) without the battery and claims that the solar panel-lined vehicle has a range of 255 kilometers under the new Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP).
Earlier, Sono Motors announced that it was cooperating with ElringKlinger, another German automotive supplier, to develop and manufacture batteries for the Sion. Sono Motors claims to have already received around 8,800 pre-orders for the final product at this point.
"We're in the midst of series development. Every day we're working at full tilt to get the Sion on the road" a statement by the carmaker read.
Continental is the world's second largest automotive supplier behind German rival Robert Bosch GmbH (Bosch). In 2017, the DAX-listed firm achieved gross revenue of 44 billion euros and employed 235,000 staff across the world.