Monday, January 4, 2021

Now Available for Preorder, Aptera Advanced Solar Electric Vehicle that Boasts up to 1,000-Mile Range and Requires No Charging for Most Drivers and a starting price of $25,900

On December 4, 2020 Aptera Motors announced it has introduced the first solar electric vehicle (sEV) that requires no charging for most daily use and boasts a range of up to 1,000 miles per full charge, shattering industry performance achievements to date. Aptera leverages breakthroughs in lightweight structures, low-drag aerodynamics and cooling, material science, and manufacturing processes to deliver the most efficient vehicle ever made available to consumers.

,,, Never Charge is built into every Aptera and is designed to harvest enough sunlight to travel over 11,000 miles per year in most regions. The Aptera vehicle is made of lightweight composites that are many times stronger than steel, allowing its unique body shape to slip through the air with an unheard-of drag coefficient (Cd) of .13. 
Aptera key breakthroughs and features include:
  • Record-breaking range: Aptera’s low drag gives it the longest range of any production vehicle ever created – achieving up to 1,000 miles per charge and unburdening drivers from frustrating range anxiety.
  • Solar: Integrated solar can be configured to provide up to 45 miles of range per day with over 3 square meters and 180 efficient solar cells designed into the body structure. This makes Aptera the first vehicle capable of meeting most daily driving needs using solar power alone. 
  • Efficient powertrains: Liquid-cooled electric motors propel Aptera from 0-60 in as fast as 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 110 mph. All-wheel drive and vectorized torque control give Aptera comfort, stability control, and the ability to handle inclement weather. 
  • Tunable efficiency:  Adjustable settings built into Aptera’s user interface keep drivers updated with ways they can conserve energy and extend range in real time. 
  • Scalable manufacturing:  Aptera has solved key challenges allowing for rapid, high-volume, and cost-efficient vehicle production – having just four main pieces. 
Aptera has been available to pre-order at beginning at 4 p.m. PST on Dec. 4. For a refundable fee of $100, customers can reserve one of a limited number of special edition Paradigm and Paradigm+ vehicles, which will be the first produced in 2021. They can also design and customize their own Aptera and choose ranges of 250, 400, 600, or 1,000 miles in both AWD and FWD packages. Pricing is between $25,900- $46,900+. 

It has the ability to travel up to 45 miles a day on free power from its integrated solar panels. With only four key structural parts, Aptera’s unique body shape allows it to slip through the air using far less energy than other electric and hybrid vehicles on the road today. 

Press Release dated December 4, 2020

On December 11, 2020 Aptera announced that they quickly sold out the Paradigm and Paradigm+ editions on the first day and had $100 million in pre-orders for 3,000 vehicles,

In "Aptera unveils super-efficient electric car with up to 1,000 miles of range and solar power" at Electrec on December 7, 2020 Fred Lambert pointed out that  The startup was launched in 2006, and unveiled the idea for a super-efficient, three-wheel electric car with a prototype in 2008.  The startup failed. Cofounders Steve Fambro, Chris Anthony, and Michael Johnson went on to create Flux Power, a successful company that provides batteries to electrify forklifts.  Now they are coming back.  It can achieve 250 miles of range on a fairly small battery pack, resulting in a vehicle starting at just $25,900.  Buyers can also configure the Aptera with a battery pack that extends the range to 400 miles for $29,800, 600 miles for $34,600, and 1,000 miles for $44,900.  Aptera also offers the choice of a 100 kW front-wheel-drive system or 150 kw all-wheel-drive powertrain.  The interior of the Aptera is minimalist and reminiscent of Tesla’s Model 3 and Model Y. It even has a similar display and user interface.... It is partly solar powered.... Since the Aptera is extremely efficient, the solar power that it will generate can actually make a difference. The company offers the option to embed solar cells on the roof, hood, and back of the vehicle.  It believes that it can add between 16 and 40 miles of range per day, depending on the configuration. Aptera calls it “Never Charge” technology.

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