Even Better Than a Convertible on a Sunny Day

Bloomberg Businessweek|August 03, 2020

Even Better Than a Convertible on a Sunny Day
Munich startup Sono has developed a diminutive car that can be charged by solar panels embedded in its roof, doors, and hood
Oliver Sachgau

You can’t say Laurin Hahn lacks drive. While still in high school, he founded what has since become the most popular dance club in Munich. Then, with no real engineering skills, he and a buddy set out to build a car powered by solar panels on its roof. Four years later they had a working prototype, so they formed a company to sell it. A few years on, when key investors declined to put in more money, the pair turned to crowdfunding. Within two months they’d raised €53 million ($62 million). “I guess I’m fairly ambitious, but the point of the car was to help the world,” Hahn, now 26, says with a laugh.


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August 03, 2020