Now THAT’S what you call a sun roof! Solar-powered car can travel 115 MILES on a single charge

In an effort to make cars more environmentally friendly, a German car company has looked to solar technology.

A prototype for a car has been developed which is adorned with solar panels.

The Sion car can travel up to 115 miles on a single charge and also uses the unexpected material of moss to ventilate the vehicle.

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Researchers in Germany are pushing the panels to their limits, with the invention of a new car powered by the sun

Researchers in Germany are pushing the panels to their limits, with the invention of a new car powered by the sun

Sono Motors, a car company based in Munich, is now crowdfunding $200,000 (£154,000) to build the car, which is currently a prototype.

The self-charging car will get power from the solar panels fitted to its roof and sides, though drivers will also be able to use power outlets as an alternative.

Sion, which is expected to hit the roads in 2018, also features an unusual ventilation system fitted with moss.

The Icelandic strain of moss is claimed to have air-cleaning capabilities that can filter dust particles and act as a natural air filter.

The self-charging car will get power from the solar panels fitted to its roof and sides, though drivers will also be able to use power outlets as an alternative

The self-charging car will get power from the solar panels fitted to its roof and sides, though drivers will also be able to use power outlets as an alternative

Two models will be available – the ‘Urban’ designed to travel 75 miles will be priced at $13,000 (£9,940), and an ‘Extender’ model that will travel up to 115 miles on a single charge and cost $18,000 (£13,770).

The car is a six-seater, with three front seats, and three in the back, which can be flipped down to provide more room for storage.

THE URBAN VERSUS THE EXTENDER 
URBAN EXTENDER
Price $13,000 (£9,940) $18,000 (£13,770)
Range 120 kilometres (75 miles) 250 kilometres (115 miles)
Charging Power 43 kilowatts 22 kilowatts
Time to charge to 80% 30 minutes 30 minutes
The car is a six-seater, with three front seats, and three in the back, which can be flipped down to provide more room for storage

The car is a six-seater, with three front seats, and three in the back, which can be flipped down to provide more room for storage

Laurin Hahn from Sono Motors, said: ‘We started four years ago in a garage and soon got bigger and moved to a bigger workshop.

‘The team got bigger and we managed to finish our first pre-prototype in early 2016.

‘At that time we founded the Sono Motors.

USING MOSS FOR VENTILATION

A unique moss is integrated into the dashboard and used as a natural air filter.

A special lichen moss is used, which is known for its appealing look and excellent air filtration.

In spite of the naturalness of the moss, it actually requires no care, since the plant draws its water from the air, acting as a natural air conditioner.

The microstructures of moss binds fine dust particles from the air, so even in a big city, you can breathe fresh air.

‘Right from the beginning we had the plan of doing a crowdfunding campaign.

‘It was always on our mind to make this happen with all the people out there, who want to see the same change as us.’

As well as charging the vehicles, the solar panels can be plugged in to other devices, such as cooking stoves, to provide power.

Sion, which is expected to hit the roads in 2018, also features an unusual ventilation system fitted with moss. The Icelandic strain of moss is claimed to have air-cleaning capabilities that can filter dust particles and act as a natural air filter

Sion, which is expected to hit the roads in 2018, also features an unusual ventilation system fitted with moss. The Icelandic strain of moss is claimed to have air-cleaning capabilities that can filter dust particles and act as a natural air filter

Sono Motors, a car company based in Munich, is now crowdfunding $200,000 (£154,000) to build the car, which is currently a prototype (pictured)

Sono Motors, a car company based in Munich, is now crowdfunding $200,000 (£154,000) to build the car, which is currently a prototype (pictured)

As well as charging the vehicles, the solar panels can be plugged in to other devices, such as cooking stoves, to provide power

As well as charging the vehicles, the solar panels can be plugged in to other devices, such as cooking stoves, to provide power

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