This EV Never Needs To Be Charged, And It's Available For Order
Aptera is taking orders for an electric car they say never needs to be charged.
1. Aptera is taking orders for an EV that they claim never needs to be charged.
2. It has solar panels that can generate up to 40 miles of range per day.
3. Orders have been open for roughly 45 minutes.
Aptera, an electric vehicle maker, is taking orders for an EV that, they claim, never needs to be charged. The way it does this is quite simple actually, and uses roof-mounted solar panels to generate 40 miles of range per day. The three-wheeled car also has a total range of 1000 miles, and is set to be on sale next year. Sounds too good to be true, but this day was expected to come, just not this soon.
Similar to some other EVs, like the Lucid Air, the Aptera EV has an airplane-like design, an element of which earns a .13 coefficient of drag and gives it the ability to expend only 100 watt-hours of energy per mile. As a result of this and its available 100 kWh battery pack, the Aptera has 1000 miles of range. For comparison, the EV with the largest range currently, the 2020 Tesla Model S Long Range Plus, will do 402 miles on a single charge.
Let's talk power, something the Aptera will have a decent amount of - apparently. With no released numbers other than a 5.5 second 0-60 for the front wheel drive model and 3.5 for the 3-wheel drive one, we don't know how much power the Aptera will pack. Although, looking at these 0-60 mph times, it will be a healthy amount. Battery pack sizes offered range from 25 kWh, which is good for 250 miles of range, to 100 kWh which can deliver up to 1000 miles of range.
As mentioned, the Aptera uses solar panels to generate range, something that, when done to the hood and hatch, would add a total of 64 miles. This means that, theoretically, you might never have to plug the thing in.
Pricing will range from $25,900 to north of $46,000 depending on model, drivetrain, and options. The first models purchasable will be called Paradigm and Paradigm+, but it isn't clear if that's the vehicle's name or just a trim level. It's also been reported that a more off-road oriented version will come, and should include higher ground clearance, tougher wheel fairings, and an integrated tent and awning.