Aptera the Solar Electric Car No Need Recharges Marketed

After having known a lot of hazards and acting like an Arlesienne, the Aptera solar electric car finally seems ready to hit the road.

Begun in 2007, thesolar car project finally seems close to. After the initial company’s bankruptcy in 2011, its rebirth in 2019, the marketing of this astonishing three-wheeled vehicle is launched.

The Aptera is unlike any conventional electric car. Its teardrop bodywork mixing carbon, kevlar and hemp, whose aerodynamic efficiency has been optimized down to the smallest detail, offers a Cx of 0.13. It incorporates 180 photovoltaic panels which cover an area of 3 m². Personally, we find the aesthetics of the Aptera rather successful. She has a spacecraft side that suits her very well and makes you forget the often unfinished style of solar vehicles.

Begun in 2007, the Aptera solar car project finally seems close to completion. After the initial company’s bankruptcy in 2011, its rebirth in 2019, the marketing of this astonishing three-wheeled vehicle is launched.

The Aptera is unlike any conventional electric car. Its teardrop bodywork mixing carbon, kevlar and hemp, whose aerodynamic efficiency has been optimized down to the smallest detail, offers a Cx of 0.13. It incorporates 180 photovoltaic panels which cover an area of 3 m². Personally, we find the aesthetics of the Aptera rather successful.

As for the initial promise of a maximum autonomy of up to 1,600 km, it is still relevant with the 100 kWh battery available in the high-end version which costs 44,900 dollars (around 37,000 euros at the current price). The Aptera is also available in versions offering 960, 640 and 400 km of autonomy at the respective prices of 34,600 (28,500 €), 29,800 (24,500 €) and 25,900 dollars (21,300 €).

Two engines are available to choose from: on the front wheels (100 kW) or in all-wheel drive (150 kW). In this last configuration, the 0 to 100 km / h is announced at 3.5 seconds, which promises a good acceleration. The maximum speed of the Aptera is given for 177 km / h. The company indicates that it intends to develop autonomous driving functions which will be introduced “in stages”.

Aptera Motors specifies that its solar car is approved for the European markets and the United States. Reservations are open with a deposit of 100 dollars, but the two versions Paradigm (640 km of autonomy) and Paradigm + (1,600 km of autonomy) are already announced out of stock. This does not necessarily say much about the success of this launch given that nothing is known about the initial volume of production. The first deliveries are expected in 2021.

 

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