In Munich the signs are pointing to a storm! The founders of Sono Motors change their strategy, seek solidarity with the community and try to save funding and independence. That affects their schedule. And of course on Trollhättan too.
If everything had gone according to plan, production of the Sion 2020 would have started in the Stallbacka. Now the uncertainties predominate. Even if Sono Motors should master the crisis, delays are already certain today. Until the first Sion is in customer hands, it would be 2022. The start of pre-production is not expected before 2021.
For Trollhättan this means (presumably) no production in the coming year. Even if NEVS is in talks with at least one other OEM after unconfirmed reports. The hiring program for several 100 new employees is on Ice, the approximately 800 jobs in the former Saab factory will remain. The Sono project itself has not yet been given up at NEVS. They are still ready to produce the Sion on a contract basis and wait to see how the situation in Munich develops. NEVS and Evergrande are currently developing 15 new electric vehicles, the first of which will be in the first half of 1 vorgestellt, The production starts 2021, perhaps also in Trollhättan, where it could become increasingly full with the announced model flood in the next few years.
Meanwhile in Munich
Meanwhile, Sono Motors is fighting its struggle for survival and independence. The founders seek a solidarity with the community. A concept that has made possible orders through 10.000, and from which we have increasingly distanced ourselves in recent months. A mistake, as one now confesses self-critically. The future, if at all, only goes together with the fans.
Now Jona Christians and Laurin Hahn tour the country in short-term appointments. The first date in Stuttgart was broadcast live, the audience surprisingly older than expected. On the podium, a men's round spread. The discussion was fairly factual, only a little bit from time to time. Maybe not enough. Anyone who experienced the Saab crisis years ago can scarcely shake anything, even if there are parallels here and there.
But it is also clear: It is about a completely different product, less car, more mobility providers. And the circle of supporters is very different. However, many years have passed since 2011. It remains unclear whether the battle for the future, which has been carried out with much commitment, leads to success. One wishes the founders and their idea. Maybe they start too late, should have started months before. At any rate, it is not without a chance of success.
Because the huge crowdfunding campaign sails with the zeitgeist. There are young people in particular who are looking for alternatives. Not only in terms of mobility, the trend goes deeper. Away from the big corporations, no desire for products of dubious production and growth at any price. Sono, and the attitude of its founders, are what they expect.
In the end, the facts decide. On average receives Sono Motors the promise of one million a day, which will not be enough from a mathematical point of view. It would therefore be premature to not give the project a chance. Firstly, there is the effect of the “lemmings”, who only climb into the boat when it is certain that it will not sink. They open their wallets the moment the action is close to the goal. And then there could be one or two major donors, a philanthropist who puts a few million under the Sono tree before Christmas. It is not impossible, money in search of a sensible use is in abundance these days.