This is the Sion – A solar-powered EV with MOSS in the dashboard
This is the Sion, a solar-powered EV made by Sono Motors in Germany. It's an interesting car and even the way it uses electricity with its solar panels is interesting.
However, when it comes to being interesting, perhaps the most interesting thing about this car is the fact that the Sono Sion has moss – yes, actual moss – in the dashboard.
I actually drove this car a while ago, in Italy, and it drives like most other EVs. The acceleration is brisk, it is fluid and very quick off the line although then it slows down when the initial burst of torque fades away.
The dashboard includes a 10'' digital infotainment system that displays various things about the vehicle including consumption data and, this is the odd part, it includes actual island moss. The company PR I spoke with was adamant that this not for show, it actually serves a purpose by filtering the air and regulating humidity. I don't doubt that's true but it still pretty weird to find moss in a car.
The 35 kWh battery pack in the Sion is powered by solar cells mounted on virtually every flat exterior surfaces. The WLTP range 158 miles. The Sion costs €16,000 ($17,685) and should enter production in the second half 2020. Sono Motors plan to build at least 260,000 vehicles.