Electric cars have revolutionised the automotive industry in recent years, and are now taking it to the next level: solar-powered cars, that require no charging. Aptera is the world’s first Solar Electric Vehicle and features a futuristic body, being a three-wheeler.
The California based car manufacturer annouced two weeks ago its Launch Edition, a ultra-efficient vehicle that can drive up to 40 miles per day directly from the sun’s rays, meaning it requires no charging for most daily use. “We’ve solved the equation for a more efficient way to travel by harnessing the power of the sun, and we’re excited to introduce our Launch Edition vehicle to the world. Our tireless efforts have resulted in the Aptera vehicle, that can take you where you want to go using the creative energy directly from our sun and efficiently converted into free movement,” explained Aptera’s cofounder Steve Fambro.
Aptera Launch Edition uses a combination of cutting-edge technology, aerodynamics, and lightweight materials to achieve a range of 400 miles (643 km). The vehicle is equipped with a 41 kWh of battery pack and “roughly 700 watts of proprietary solar technology.” The two-seater will enter production later this year, “while our delivery timeline is funding dependent, our goal is to begin production by the end of 2023,” said the company. Once completing the fourth and final phase of its product development, Aptera aims to shift 10,000 cars per year and then, eventually expand to dual shift 20,000 vehicles per year.
The high-tech EV costs about $33,200 and was reserved over 40,000 times, by customers from 112 countries, representing $1.5 billion in potential revenue. “Our identity at Aptera is about transformation, reinvention, and surprises. The Launch Edition is our chance to lead a movement that’s for everyone. We are solar mobility, and we are the future.”