- Rhenus Group test vehicle equipped with Sono solar measurement technology
- Extensive data collection for further optimization of the tested solar solution
- Rhenus Van in use in Berlin, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
BERLIN & MUNICH, Germany, June 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sono Motors, the company aiming to revolutionize the future of solar-powered transportation, is collaborating with Rhenus Group, one of the world’s leading logistics service providers, for a total of €7.0 billion Sales through the use of smart solar technology in last-mile logistics. The aim of the cooperation is to collect extensive solar data in real road operation in order to further optimize the potential of the innovative solar technology from Sono Motors for use on vans. A first test vehicle from the Rhenus Group was equipped with radiation sensors and will be on the road in Berlin, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania for the next 12 months.
The flexible solar modules developed for integration into vehicle surfaces, in combination with the innovative Sono power electronics, also enable use in low or indirect sunlight, as is often the case when driving in urban areas. A fully integrated solar system for a van, for example, has the potential to achieve an output of up to 8.8 kilowatt peak (kWp) on an area of just under 54 square meters. Basically, the use of Sono Solar Technology offers customers from both the transport and logistics industries the opportunity to save greenhouse gas emissions and fuel, as well as increased independence from charging infrastructure and a reduction in downtime. Other potential benefits include extending vehicle battery life and reducing maintenance costs.
“The project with the Rhenus Group provides us with important data to further optimize our patented technology. Our solar technology has the potential to make an important contribution to reducing emissions and increasing the range in end customer deliveries,” says Jona Christians, CEO and co-founder of Sono Motors.
“Innovative technologies such as solar-powered electric vans and trucks could make a major contribution to the energy transition in the future, since no additional areas need to be sealed for this type of ecological power generation,” explains Jonas von Frieling, Head of Innovation Hub for Rhenus Home Delivery and Rhenus high-tech. “If traffic is switched to electric drive across the board, the offer must grow accordingly. Solar cells on vehicles could relieve the power grid and fleet managers by relieving the charging infrastructure. We are moving forward with our test project.”
Sono Motors has equipped the Rhenus 15-tonner with 4 light sensors on the sides and roof for comprehensive solar data acquisition. In a long-term test under real conditions, these will immediately record the intensity of solar radiation. A data logger connected to the Sono Motors data center via an LTE connection transmits the data. At Sono Motors, all measurement data is linked to concrete results, analyzed and sent to Rhenus.
Thanks to the versatility of its solar technology, Sono Motors has already concluded more than 17 partner agreements with companies such as MAN, easymile and the Munich Transport Company (MVG). The first vehicles have already been delivered for some customers and partners, such as a solar bus trailer for the Munich transport company (MVG) and a light electric vehicle prototype for ARI Motors.
ABOUT SONO MOTORS
Sono Motors is on a pioneering mission to accelerate the mobility revolution by making every vehicle solar-powered. Its disruptive solar technology is designed to enable seamless integration into all types of vehicles to reduce the impact of CO2 emissions and pave the way for climate-friendly mobility.
Sono Motors develops the world’s first solar-powered electric vehicle (SEV, Financial) for the masses, the Sion. Strengthened by a strong community, Sono Motors has collected more than 18,000 prepaid reservations for the Sion. These vehicles are manufactured under contract.
Sono Motors’ proprietary solar technology is designed to enable integration and licensing for a variety of vehicle architectures well beyond the Sion, such as buses, trailers, trucks, RVs, trains and boats.
The Rhenus Group is one of the leading logistics specialists with global business activities and annual sales of 7.0 billion euros. 37,500 employees work at 970 locations and develop innovative solutions along the entire supply chain. Whether transport, warehousing, customs clearance or value-added services – the family business bundles its activities in various business areas, in which the focus is always on the needs of the customers.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
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