Aptera’s new outlandish-looking EV is here, but sans the need for charging. The completely Solar-powered vehicle comes with an impressive battery of 100 kWh and can get up to 1,000 miles of range, as claimed by the once-shuttered company.
Breathing new life into its innovations, Aptera, a company that shuttered in 2011 after failing to secure funding for its three-wheeled electric car, is back with a new solar electric vehicle it claims never needs charging. Claiming it to be a paradigm shift, for all the right reasons, the company states that the new car can go five times farther than other electric vehicles with the same-sized solar system.
“With Aptera’s Never Charge technology, you are driven by the power of the sun. Our built-in solar array keeps your battery pack topped off and anywhere you want to go, you just go. 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.” Aptera co-founder Chris Anthony said in a press release.
The new Aptera is the first Never Charge electric vehicle and its solar system can produce more power per year than most drivers will ever need for the road, at least for some drivers, for daily use. The UFO-looking three-wheeled, two-person vehicle has a solar roof array that can provide up to 45 miles of range per day, and if users go in for the top model and add the charge from the solar panels while it’s parked, the 1,000 range can be reached.
The vehicle is curvy and lightweight, and it has a drag coefficient of just 0.13. Its front-wheel-drive vehicle can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, and its three-wheel drive model can get to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Whereas typical electric vehicles have 300 key structure parts; the Aptera has only 4. Fewer parts makes for an easier build and ultimately a more accessible price. Its 3D printed tooling also adds to its inexpensive pricing.
Furthermore, the car features a Formula-1 inspired safety cell, advanced airbag technology, and energy-absorbing composite material made of steel and aluminum.
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Tesla’s Cybertruck has solar too, but with a low V conversion rate and basic efficiency, with about 20 miles per day of sunlight.