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Aptera’s never-charge solar vehicle

Written by Theo Koenig – April 15, 2021

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

The San Diego-based manufacturer of solar electric vehicles released a promotional video on Friday displaying their 3-wheeled, solar-powered vehicle. It features over 3 square meters of solar panels that are easily upgradeable and replaceable. The concept behind the vehicle is to fuel rides without the frequent stops at charging stations.

Aptera Motors traces its origins back to 2006. At the time, the founders aimed at creating an efficient and futuristic vehicle. However, after failing to secure sufficient funding, the company had to close its doors and liquidate its assets in 2011. Co-CEO Steve Fambro looks back on those times with fondness, however, as the company is now stronger and better prepared, with more experience under its belt. In 2019 the company was resurrected, by which point solar technology had vastly improved. According to Co-CEO Chris Anthony, solar technology in the current model is nearly twice as efficient as the ones of the original Aptera.

The latest Aptera relies on 3 pillars: advanced aerodynamics, lightweight parts, and an efficient drivetrain. The alpha prototype, which is currently being tested, features the following specs:

Auto Trendy’s take:

Aptera Motors have already announced their interest in making a four-wheeled version of the current model. If nothing else, the company certainly has grit and determination, which is why we wouldn’t bet against them, despite their unconventional design. With both solar and battery technology constantly improving, the long-term future of the Aptera looks good. Integrating a standard charging plug will undoubtedly help sell the vehicle in the personal market, especially in areas with limited access to sunlight. The company can also hopefully learn from its previous experiences, especially in the financing department.

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