Sono Motors and bus and coach company pepper have unveiled their first electric bus with solar technology in Munich.
Under their ongoing collaboration, Sono Motors equipped an electrified Mercedes-Benz Citaro from pepper’s demo fleet with a customised version of the solar bus kit that contains 14 semi-flexible solar modules to provide 1.3kW peak power.
The energy generated by the installation is expected to be 3.3kWh/day on yearly average based on weather conditions in Munich.
The solar charge controller, the MCU, developed in-house by Sono Motors – which has for the first time performed an electrical integration within an e-bus with pepper – transfers solar energy to the 24-volt battery where it is used as the primary source of energy.
Laurin Hahn, CEO, and Co-founder of Sono Motors said: “We believe in a future in which every vehicle is a solar electric vehicle. That’s why we’re convinced that our first e-bus with solar technology is a great achievement for the future of public transport.
“Sono Motors and pepper aim to accelerate the transition towards zero-emission vehicles already today.”