The short messages are very Scandinavian today. They start with Sono Motors, the hope for Trollhättan. The Munich startup was traveling the last days in Sweden. Potential customers could test the prototypes of the electric car at three locations. With some success. Because the number of pre-orders paid exceeded a magic brand.
10.000 pre-orders for the Sion
On Wednesday, Sono Motors announced 10.000 pre-orders for the innovative SEV. Interesting: 87% of orders were made in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Above all, Germany has not been conspicuous as a leading market for electric cars.
At Sono Motors are the 10.000 orders for around 214 million € sales. The development seems to be gaining momentum, and since June 2018 have doubled, according to the manufacturer, the existing orders. Which is positive for Sono Motors, but also good for Trollhattan as an automotive location. Living in the old Saab factory would build on an automotive tradition that began more than 70 years ago.
The people of Munich have published a video about their visit to NEVS. A look at the old factory premises and an exciting turn towards the future. The concept of the Sion is different from that of conventional electric cars. Is there something of lateral thinking behind the young team that made Saab so interesting? We will see.
Because, in order to remain true to Trollhättan's hope, 10.000 orders are a start. A prelude to a business model that has to be widely accepted for long-term success.
E85 before the comeback?
Another message makes you sit up and take notice. The Greens (Miljöpartiet) propose the promotion of E85. The biofuel was once very popular in Sweden. Saab pioneered this technology with the BioPower Concept. Then, under the pressure of the mineral oil lobby, the production of ethanol in favor of diesel vehicles was tipped. Since then, Miljödieselbilarna has been considered environmentally friendly, which the Greens regard as erroneous with a few years' absence.
Promoted retrofitting of vehicles to E85 could be an effective solution to reducing greenhouse gases. Sustainable as well, because older vehicles would stay attractive longer and in daily use. Moreover, it would be more widely accepted in economically weaker rural areas than penalty taxes on fossil fuels, the Swedish edition of the report says Auto-Motor-Sport.
Years ago, the Swedes planned the production of E85 on a large scale from forestry waste. This never happened, because the promotion of diesel vehicles caused the bioethanol market to collapse. In France today, ethanol is very popular, and a sustainable means for the immediate reduction of greenhouse gases.
In Germany, E85 had been promoted only to 2014, and then effectively withdrawn from circulation through full taxation. A return is not up for debate, instead one puts fully on the electric mobility as a future concept.