Sony to Enter EV Market

IMAGE: Sony Vision-S02

Sony Vision-S02

IMAGE: Sony Vision-S01

Sony Vision-S01

Back at the 2020 edition of CES, Sony surprised everyone by revealing the Vision S (now known as the Vision-S 01) concept sedan – a seemingly near-production-ready electric vehicle (EV) showcasing the company’s prowess in imaging and sensing, connectivity, driver assistance, and entertainment/infotainment technology.

Two years on, and Sony used the CES platform to make an even bigger splash, unveiling not only the Vision S 02 – an electric SUV based on that original concept – but a move into the mobility sector proper with the announcement that it will establish a new company called ‘Sony Mobility Inc.’, through which it intends to explore entry into the EV market.

This is news not to be ignored. Sony, obviously, has some serious credentials in the electronics space, and the Vision-S 01 has already made it onto the road for evaluation and testing. Like that concept, the Vision-S 02 will have a dual-motor set-up with a 200kW motor on each axle and be stocked full of sensors and systems providing top-notch safety, driveability, and infotainment features, including Level 2+ advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), shared or individual video playback on the front panoramic screen and individual rear-seat displays. There’s even extended gaming features available with PlayStation games able to be played through a remote connection to a console at home.

The concepts look good and it would appear that they, or some version of them, may well become available. Sony’s expertise – especially in electronics, optics, and the like – surely translates well into the tech required to power electric vehicles and the Vision-S 01 and 02 concepts look like they could give the company a solid entry into the ever-growing EV sector.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (February 2022) 

10 February 2022

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