Forget about Tesla, this could be the greenest, cleanest car in the world.
German-based automotive start-up, Sono Motors, is developing an electric car that is powered by the sun and has a garden growing inside to filter the air in the cabin.
The Sion city-sized commuter has solar panels built into its bodywork that can recharge the battery pack while you're driving, essentially providing free fuel, while teh dashboard features a covering of moss to control the humidity and air filtration for its occupants.
The car has 330 solar cells attached to the roof and doors that can provide the lithium-ion battery with sufficient charge to keep it topped up, but it can also be replenished via a regular household power point for full recharging.
The battery pack powers an 80kW/250Nm electric motor, giving it the same outputs as a regular small car and the ability to travel up to 250km/h between recharges with a maximum speed of 140km/h.
Sono Motors claims production of the Sion will commence in early 2019 at a price of around $20,000 (significantly cheaper than any other electric car from established car makers), and the company already has around 6600 orders from customers.
Using solar energy is not a new concept in the automotive business, as car makers such as Ford, Toyota and Californian disruptors, Tesla and Fisker, have all used solar cells in roof panels to generate power, but predominantly to provide energy for the low-voltage ancillaries such as the air conditioning system.
Australia has also held a solar car race, the World Solar Challenge, between Darwin and Adelaide since 1987.