Sono Motors and MAN Truck & Bus Join on Solar Technology in Vehicles – Off Grid Energy Independence

MAN Truck & Bus and Sono Motors have signed a Letter of Intent. The two companies have agreed to investigate the technical and economic feasibility of integrating the Sono Solar technology into MAN’s eTGE electric transporter.
“It is a great opportunity for Sono Motors to team up with such a respected industry partner as MAN and to work together for a more sustainable future. Our Sono Solar technology offers a lightweight and adaptable platform that is ideal for light commercial vehicles such as MAN’s battery-powered eTGE,” says Jona Christians, co-founder and CEO of Sono Motors. “We look forward to all the opportunities that these two sustainable technologies can bring together.” For further information see the IDTechEx report on Solar Vehicles 2021-2041 2nd Edition.

Three applications are to be equipped with Sono Solar technology and investigated by the companies:

  • MAN eTGE panel van
  • MAN eTGE combi with a powerful on-roof air conditioning system
  • MAN eTGE with a refrigeration system

For all three concepts, the focus is either on additional range to be achieved or on a self-sufficient supply of auxiliary users, e.g the air conditioning system, through the acquired solar energy.

May 12, 2021 susan ward