If the battery runs out on a new electric car when you aren’t near a power outlet—in the middle of the wilderness on a camping trip, for example—all you have to do is wait: The car is plastered with solar panels that can charge itself.
In day-to-day life in a city, if you have a short commute or just use the car for errands, you might never need to plug it in. The Sion, from a millennial-run German startup called Sono Motors, can go a little more than 18 miles a day using energy from the solar panels alone.
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