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Sono Motors Sion – Solar Electric Car

Positive Future #240 (Feature photo – Sono Motors Sion Solar Electric Car – photo courtesy of Sono Motors) Plug-in cars – either in the form of hybrids or fully battery electric – are now selling over 100,000 models a month around the globe. Few cars, however, are free from the plug-in. Sono Motors of Germany is trying to start changing that by putting high efficiency solar cells on the roof, hood and side doors. While this electric car can still plug in anywhere for its 155 mile range, it’s solar panels can give it up to an additional 19 miles of charge a day. Money and research is constantly going…

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A Family Car with Solar Panels – Leave it to Young People

Positive Future #53 (Feature photo – the Lightyear Team – photo courtesy of Lightyear) A Dutch start-up called Lightyear is working to launch a fully electric car. Called the Lightyear One, the car can recharge itself using embedded solar cells and the sun. The company expects to deliver its first 10 cars in 2019. The next 100 cars are expected in 2020. The starting price is around $125,000 USD. According to the company, the car has optimized aerodynamics, weight-saving features and, depending upon battery configuration – up to almost 500 miles of range. The Lightyear One can be charged by 1) Sunlight  2) Standard household socket  3) Standard EV charging…

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