13 Nov 2020
Clear Route to All Land Vehicles Being Solar
Progress with solar-powered and solar-assisted land vehicles is now so clear and compelling that it is certain that most land vehicles will incorporate this technology as an essential part of their battery electric powertrains.
30 Oct 2020
Solar Supercapacitor is Dream Ticket for Vehicles
IDTechEx report, "Solar Vehicles 2021-2041" notes that cars with solar bodywork have long range. Tough sell. Even longer range is being achieved by those crudely shoving in an enormous battery.
26 Jun 2020
Lightyear: A Year Since the Reveal
Lightyear is getting closer to the release of the Lightyear One. This article reveals the milestones of the company in the year since the reveal.
23 Jan 2020
Sono Motors Raises €53 Million
Sono Motors has successfully completed the extension of its campaign to finance the company and has exceeded its target of 50 million euros.
20 Dec 2019
Electric Vehicles: A Look Back at 2019
Few of the giant car makers have shown urgency in transitioning away from the internal combustion engine. What's more, the automotive market is set to decline once again in 2019 whilst electrifying newcomers made huge gains in front of sleeping incumbents' noses. Although a large fraction of this is orders (not deliveries), if OEMs do not wake up now, they never will.
5 Dec 2019
Visit to Lightyear Solar Cars Netherlands 4.12.19
We attended the impressive launch of the Lightyear One solar family car in June.
26 Nov 2019
IDTechEx Explains Significance of Driving Tesla and Squad Solar
It is happening rapidly now. The startups Sono Motors and Lightyear announced solar family cars available next year. They have solar bodies rather than the useless scrap of solar roof seen on other cars. That means many owners will never plug in. They do not have the acceleration of a Tesla, but Lightyear cheekily points out that its Lightyear One will go 740 km faster than any Tesla because the Tesla would have to stop and plug in.
1 Nov 2019
Solar Cars at $15 billion - Just the Beginning
Solar vehicle bodywork has just progressed from curiosity to key enabling technology. The new 180-page IDTechEx report, "Solar Cars, Buses, Trucks, Trains 2020-2030" explains why and forecasts the next ten years with solar cars at $15 billion 2030 just a beginning.
2 Aug 2019
Massive Opportunity for EV Start-ups
The electric vehicle market is growing rapidly and, as Tesla has demonstrated, the market is not restricted to the established automotive OEMs. Indeed, the automotive landscape is changing as traditional internal combustion engines are being replaced by all-electric systems, in order to meet ever more stringent on-road emission legislation.
29 Jul 2019
6 Notable Electric Vehicle Startups, Profiles - US and Europe
Whilst the automotive startup landscape is a challenging one, EV startups may benefit from being able to begin with a clean slate, without the legacy of an ICE based history hindering their efforts. This deck presents short profiles for six EV startups founded in either the US or Europe.
26 Jul 2019
Electric Car Tipping Point Will Delight and Destroy
It is nonsense to forecast pure electric cars costing the same as traditional ones, then life continuing much as usual. The up-front price of pure electric cars will be dropping below that of internal combustion engine ones around 2025. The fundamentals are now clear. Short range electric cars will continue to sell badly because of range and financial anxiety: their resale value after three years can be down 80%. 200 miles/ 320 km is the tipping point where resale value can be only 40% down on purchase price. See the IDTechEx report, "Electric Vehicles 2020-2030" for the full picture of 100 categories of electric vehicle EV by land, water and air.
27 Jun 2019
Lightyear One vs Tesla Model 3
New solar car assessed: needs, uniques, competition.
4 Jun 2019
Solar Car Update - June 2019
A quick take on solar cars and some important news items on the subject
13 May 2019
Market Needs Move Against Lithium-Ion Batteries
In this article IDTechEx revisit a topic we have touched on before. We consider changes in need that are catching the lithium-ion battery industry wrong-footed.
6 Mar 2019
Innovative electric car features full-surface solar integration
Sono Motors unveiled the first images of the Sion's series design as part of a broad online release. The focus was placed on the full-surface incorporation of solar modules into the bodywork - one of the vehicle's unique features that have influenced its design.
21 Jan 2019
Predicting the Death of Lithium-ion Batteries
Nothing is forever. Such is the runaway success of lithium-ion batteries that building gigafactories to make them is a no brainer. For now.
20 Aug 2018
Sono Motors announces Dutch market entry
Just a few weeks after the conclusion of a test drive tour around Europe lasting several months, Sono Motors has announced another series of test drives of the Sion electric car encompassing a total of 18 cities in the Netherlands and Germany.
20 Nov 2017
Off Grid Goes Mega
The decline in off grid electricity production as a percentage of all electricity production is being reversed. Savvy industrialists are onto this.
6 Oct 2017
Highlights from Energy Independent Electric Vehicles (EIEV) Conference
The conference saw attendees and presentations from automotive OEMs through to small innovative start-ups and research groups. Keynote speakers included Toyota, Sono Motors, Hanergy Europe and Project Loon.
29 Sep 2017
Excellent first energy independent vehicle event
The world's first conference on energy independent electric vehicles took place at the Technical University of Delft 27-28 September. It was well timed because many major new versions are about to hit the market addressing major global challenges.