Sono’s Sion will cost from around £11,000 when it goes on sale and can be recharged via solar power

The Sono Sion all-electric six-seater has been revealed, ahead of first deliveries in two years’ time.

The entry-level Sion Urban costs €12,000 (£10,800) and has a range of up to 74 miles, while the €16,000 (£14,400) Sion Extender features a 30kWh battery pack and a range of up to 155 miles.

Is the electric car revolution finally here?

Both variants six-seat configurations, with two rows of three seats, and are capable of being charged by solar energy, via 7.5 square metres of solar panels.

Interior details are limited, but a 10in infotainment screen dominates the dashboard and connects to smartphones via Bluetooth or wi-fi. More unusually, the Sion does without conventional pollen filters for the interior, instead using a strain of moss to filter and purify the air entering the cabin. Sono says the moss also reduces noise entering the cabin and is fire repellent.

The crowdfunding will enable Sono to produce a series of working prototypes, which customers will be able to test drive at the start of 2017. The company hopes to raise €150,000 (£135,000) to do this, with initial investors in line to receive the first Sion examples providing adequate funds can be raised.

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Sono claims a top speed of 87mph for the Sion but has not yet disclosed a 0-62mph time. The car's relatively small battery pack means it may be some way off the Tesla Model S P100D's 2.5sec sprint time.

As the electric car industry gears up, more and more EV startups are coming to the fore, including old names like Fisker, as well as new ones such as Atieva. Honda recently revealed a 3D printed all-electric microcar. It's not the first time crowdfunding has been used in the automotive industry; Zenos employed the strategy earlier this year when developing its upcoming E11 and E12 models.

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31 October 2016
Staffordshire porker seen flying over Autocar offices

31 October 2016
& the tires from tofu

31 October 2016
Vaporware!

31 October 2016
looks like the batteries are extra - either paid for or leased.

That could double the price sadly.

"the Sion is offered with a monthly battery hire or a single battery purchase. Prices for this are yet to be announced. "

bol

31 October 2016
I'd buy one. Fingers crossed it will materialise in the way the hundreds of small scale sports cars Autocar have heralded over the years haven't.

31 October 2016
I would like to announce a 180 mph electric only sportscar with a 400 mile range available for around £12299 , maybe less,from about 2020ish. All I need is about £750k and you can have a quick peak at the prototype in say 2019. Limited spaces available, pay early to avoid the rush.
P.S Wanted , any old 1970,s fibreglass kitcar body and accident damaged Nissan Leaf, must be cheap

1 November 2016
...are easily parted.

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