Sono Motors Presents Sion Solar-Powered Car In Fully Charged: Video

Sion – Endless Mobility”

Fully Charged recently meet with Sono Motors, the German start-up founded in 2012, which develops an all-electric solar-powered electric car.

The upcoming Sion model, is a small but very practical car with real-world range of some 250 km (155 miles) and enough solar panels embedded on all flat panels that could replenish up to 30 km (18 miles) during the sunny day.

Inside you can find a lot of space, foldable seats (three independent in the back and passenger seat in the front), which turns Sion into kind of van. There is option to take trailer. The cool things is that Sion has about 3 kW electric outlet to power external devices, as well as Type 2 inlet (beside CCS Combo) dedicated for V2G/V2V purposes.

“When we heard Sono Motors was going to be in the Netherlands, we jumped at the chance of seeing this German company and their ground-breaking solar panel covered Sion.And Jonny got a test drive.”

Sono Sion spec:

  • at least 35 kWh battery
  • 255 km (159 miles) of range (WLTP) – simulated
  • 120 kW and 290 Nm electric motor

Sono Motors Sion

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Honda battery deal could give it a new charge in China's EV market

Honda Clarity lineup at Honda R&D Center, Tochigi, Japan, June 2017Thus far, Honda lags in the race to develop electric cars. Its most recent model still has only 89 miles of electric range, in an era when most new electric cars come with at least 235 miles of range, and many are approaching or exceed 300 miles. The company is aiming to change that with new tie-ups with General Motors to develop electric cars…
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Chevy Bolt & Baojun E100 Lead GM Global EV Sales In 2018

The Buick Velite 6 sales have reportedly begun in China.

While plug-in General Motors deliveries dropped in the United States last year, the automaker saw a significant increase in global plug-in sales in 2018. The Chevy Bolt EV again led the electric offerings, clocking in at 27,918 units delivered worldwide. However, The Baojun E100/E200 also impressed with 25,888 sales in China. The Chevy Volt follows close behind with 25,298 units sold globally.

According to reports from China, exactly 5,000 Buick Velite 6’s were also sold in December. InsideEVs also estimates 231 CT6 Plug-in hybrids were sold in the United States this year. This brings the total number of plug-in sales across GM brands to 84,317 for the year.

Looking at individual markets, 2018 sales are as follows:

Chevy Volt

United States – 18,306

Canada – 4,114*

China – 2,688 (Buick Velite 5)

South Korea – 160

Mexico – 30*

Chevy Bolt

United States – 18,019

South Korea – 4,722

Canada – 2,408*

Europe – 2,731 (Opel Ampera-e)

Mexico – 20


China – 25,888

Velite 6

China – 5,000 (Reported by China Passenger Car Association)


United States – 231 (InsideEVs estimate)

*Sales data available through November

2019 Chevy Volt

The biggest seller abroad for General Motors continues to be the Baojun E100, followed by the Chevy Bolt EV. Baojun (jointly owned by General Motors (GM) and SAIC Motor) recently expanded availability of their tiny two seat EV. The recently launched E200 will be replacing the E100 on the market. We do not have sales figures for the Cadillac CT6 Plug-in for China.

Historically, domestic GM plug-in sales have significantly out-performed other markets. For the first time, GM’s combined global electric vehicle sales of ~46,948 have eclipsed U.S. sales. Strong international demand for the Baojun E100/E200 and Bolt EV has helped the automaker find more success globally than in previous years.

European and Chinese sales data via Car Sales Base. Mexico and Canada data via GM Authority.

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevrolet Bolt EVs - finding more US driveways every month!

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The introduction (and US reception) of the Chevy Bolt EV has pulled forward GM's 200,000th sale by at least a year (now expected in Q2 2018)

Chevrolet Bolt at the recent GM Official autocross event near Detroit.
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Chevrolet Bolt EV (wallpaper 2,560x)

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
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The best option overall is generally to drive at normal speed
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Chevrolet Bolt EV:  Lots of useful room inside...and a fair about of standard finishes
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Chevrolet Bolt EV - right-hand-drive?!

Chevy Bolt rear seats

The rear seating area offers plenty of room for passengers

Inside the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt


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Baojun E100 EV
SAIC-GM-Wuling Baojun E100 (Image Credit: General Motors)
SAIC-GM-Wuling Baojun E100 Interior. (Image Credit: GM)

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Tesla Model 3 Production Reportedly Hit 8,000 Per Week

8,000 per week burst rate achieved?

According to Bloomberg’s Tesla Model 3 Tracker, Tesla produced cumulatively more than 192,000 Tesla Model 3 and over 36,000 so far this quarter. At such a pace, Tesla should be able to produce between 70,000-80,000 Model 3 this quarter, which would be its best quarter ever.

The average rate of production for the past 13 weeks is at nearly 5,200 per week. The Tesla Model 3 Tracker shows also that the estimated individual results already increased beyond 6,000 and 7,000 with a peak at more than 8,000.

The number consists of officially announced production results in previous quarters and estimated production rates in the current quarter.

The main question is how close to sustaining such output is Tesla? In the past, the high production rates were available only for short periods, after which the company was conducting further upgrades to the production lines. We guess that the latest increase is in part the result of new equipment from Tesla Grohmann, which was expected to increase the production to ~8,000 / week with minimal additional capital investment.

Production and deliveries of Model 3 in previous quarters thus far:

  • 2017’Q3 – 260 produced, and 222 delivered
  • 2017’Q4 – 2,425 produced and 1,542 delivered
  • 2018’Q1 – 9,766 produced and 8,182 delivered
  • 2018’Q2 – 28,578 produced and 18,449 delivered
  • 2018’Q3 – 53,239 produced and 56,065 delivered
  • 2018’Q4 – 61,394 produced and 63,150 delivered
  • 2019’Q1 – already 36,514 produced (estimated)

Cumulative by the end of 2018’Q4 – 155,662 produced and 147,610 delivered.

Tesla registered 278,893 VIN numbers for the Model 3, including more than 53,000 for international markets (outside of North America).

Source: Tesla Model 3 TrackerModel 3 VINs

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New Tesla Easter Egg Turns Car Into “Back To The Future” Machine: Video

Everyone dreams of having a DeLorean with the ability to time travel, right?

To be honest, probably not exactly. The time travel part is pretty sweet, as are the Back to The Future car’s other bells and whistles. However, the famous movie worked to popularize the DeLorean far more than its reality. The car never really achieved major success, and demand was low. In fact, Tesla sold more Model 3 sedans in January (6,500) than the number of DeLorean’s ever sold (about 6,000).

For the above reasons, it makes much more sense to create a Tesla Back to the Future time machine. How about another sequel?

At any rate, while an actual time machine is just a dream, Tesla has added a new Easter Egg that allows movie fans (and DeLorean fans) to flash back to their childhood and use their imagination.

Check out the video and let us know what you think. Also, we thought it would be interesting to ask you for new Tesla Easter Egg suggestions in the comment section. We know that Musk reads these articles and sometimes gives them some attention on Twitter. Let’s apprise him of some InsideEVs Easter Egg ideas.

Video Description via My Tesla Adventure on YouTube:

New Tesla Easter Egg – Back to the Future

New Tesla Easter Egg turns your car into a Back to the Future Machine.

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More On The Return Of Tesla’s Software-Limited Battery Pack Scheme


From time to time, Tesla adjusts its lineup of available model variants in order to optimize its manufacturing process and respond to consumer preferences. The company recently discontinued the 75 kWh versions of Models S and Model X, and some speculated that this was a precursor to replacing the battery pack used in those models with a redesigned pack based on the newer 2170 cells used in Model 3.

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Charles Morris. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.

Above: Tesla Model S and Model X (Image: Tesla)

However, that doesn’t seem to be in the cards for the moment – instead, the California carmaker has revised its roster of S and X variants, reintroducing the option to buy a battery pack with software-limited range and unbundling Ludicrous Mode from the Performance variant.

The news isn’t as exciting as a battery update would have been (although we’re pretty sure that will happen eventually), but as Electrek pointed out, it’s a good business move. It allows Tesla to streamline production by building only a single (100 kWh) battery pack for Models S and X, and also lets it offer a lower price to buyers who don’t feel the need to have the ultimate in range and performance.

Tesla has also lowered the price of the Extended Range (formerly known as 100) variants by $1,000, and dropped the previous numerical naming scheme. Here’s the new deal:

Model S and Model X owners can upgrade to the Extended Range version via an over-the-air update for $8,000.


Written by: Charles Morris; This article originally appeared in Charged; Source: Electrek

*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here.

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Formula E Tech Explained: Battery, Aero, Braking: Videos

Take a video tour of the new Gen 2 Formula E car and all its fancy tech in the video series below.


One of the most notable changes for the 2018-2019 season of Formula E is the battery life which nearly doubled in capacity compared to previous years.

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Take a look at the dramatic aerodynamics of a Formula E car.

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A look at the new brake by wire system Formula E uses to help stop the cars.

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Not only does the Halo protect the drivers heads, but in Formula E they also light up to show which power mode a driver is using.

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Formula E uses Michelin Pilot Sport Tyres which are specially designed for electric street racing.

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A look at the all new Formula E Gen2 car.

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CATL and Honda signed cooperation agreement to supply 56GWh of batteries for EVs and Hybrids

CATLContemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd. (CATL) is one of the top suppliers of EV batteries in China and has been making inroads into supplying companies outside of China, such as…

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Survey: Consumers Willing To Pay More For Plug-In Vehicles

Most consumers would consider an alternative propulsion vehicle – even at a higher price.

According to a national survey conducted by market researcher InnovateMR, the majority of automotive consumers are interested in alternative propulsion options such as plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles. Even if the upfront cost is higher than a traditional ICE vehicle purchase.

By switching to an electric vehicle, drivers can significantly decrease their fuel consumption. This fact was cited as the greatest benefit among survey respondents. In the long term, driving electric can save owners money in fuel and maintenance costs.

Existing owners can attest to the benefits of electric vehicle ownership. The most famous example of this phenomenon is known as the Tesla stretch. Nevertheless, this is not unique to Tesla. Many Chevy Bolt, BMW i3 and other plug-in owners happily spent more than they would have been willing to on an equivalent ICE vehicle. Thankfully, a decade of falling battery prices have made electrics more affordable than ever.

BMW i3

InnovateMR surveyed 750 consumers across the country. According to chief researcher Lisa Wilding-Brown:

Consumers are hungry for new technology and powertrain alternatives. Growth trends are accelerating in certain regions of the U.S.

The question becomes what is the tipping point for cost-payback and mainstream consumer buy-in to alternatives.

It comes as no surprise that younger buyers are more interested in such a purchase. 80% of people between the ages of 18 and 34 and 70% of 35-54 year olds said they would be willing to spend more on an alternative propulsion vehicle.

Overall, men expressed greater interest in plug-in vehicles (73%) than women (60%). Those with an undergraduate degree (71%) or a graduate degree (85%) were also more willing to pay more than those with a high school education (49%). Meanwhile, only 48% of consumers over the age of 55 would consider paying more for a plug-in vehicle.

Source: WardsAuto

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