100 solar cars will certainly join large-scale V2G project in Utrecht

Sep 17, 2021 02:05 PM ET
  • The Dutch community of Utrecht apparently became a demonstrator for electric car-sharing and bi-directional charging this summer. The German start-up Sono Motors claims it will certainly be joining the real-life testing with 100 Sion solar EVs in Utrecht.

Fulfilling Sono Motors in Utrecht are various other partners such as Hyundai, Renault, and also We Drive Solar, a consortium established in 2015. We Drive Solar consists of stars like ElaadNL, Last Mile Solutions, Nieuwe Weme, Siers, Stedin, Utrecht Sustainability Institute, Koolen Industries, GoodMoovs and also the city of Utrecht.

As well as now, Sono. The firm's Sion, which it calls the globe's very first collection solar electrical automobile, is currently V2G-ready with its battery and also solar modern technology that normally integrates with a bidirectional billing system.

Robin Berg, Supervisor of We Drive Solar, for that reason thinks about Sono "the perfect partner for this endeavor as they already integrate using solar energy, sharing and also bidirectional charging into their item offering."

What is more, Sono Motors, simply this September, had actually introduced to strengthen its "community car-sharing" to consist of all sort of electrical vehicles, not only the Sion. "Our goal is to come to be the largest car-sharing platform without having a single vehicle," Laurin Hahn, Chief Executive Officer and also co-founder of Sono Motors, stated at the time.

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Utrecht, consequently, looks like a great workout and itself a distinct possibility. The city currently has 500 bidirectional billing stations, which will certainly connect with the intended carsharing fleet of 150 electrical cars capable of charging bidirectionally beginning in 2022. In today's declaration, the city emphasized this was the initial project of this scale on the planet, with said 500 V2G battery chargers already available to the general public.

For Sono Motors, the cars will certainly be charged utilizing environment-friendly energy from the network in addition to the energy generated via the incorporated solar panels and the energy stored in the new 54-kWh battery. For supplying excess energy back right into the grid, the Sion has a releasing power of 11 kW, and also the business claims the 1.1-megawatt top power given by the 100 Sion amounts that developed by a big PV plant the dimension of concerning two football fields.

The brand-new partners have yet to confirm the timeline, though. Earlier interactions saw the Utrecht project kick-off following year. Nonetheless, Sono Motors intends to launch the Sion solar EV just in 2023, a minimum of to the general public.

For Utrecht, in any case, the project is simply the start. We Drive Solar, already when introducing the initiative in April, claimed it would establish this project on a bigger scale in further cities and also companies in the Netherlands and various other European nations.