The American manufacturer Aptera Motors has made a splash with the launch of its new all-electric three-wheeled vehicle boasting a record range of up to 1,600km on a single charge.
As well as its sleek, bold design, this is above all thanks to the solar panels covering the vehicle’s roof. In fact, continuous solar charging alone should be sufficient to meet the day-to-day needs of most drivers.
The Aptera EV is already available to preorder although production of the vehicle has not yet begun. The first models are expected to ship by 2022.
This EV is striking with its three-wheel design. In fact, this Aptera is billed as a ‘solar vehicle’ rather than a ‘car’ by its maker. It promises to be one of the world’s most advanced solar electric vehicles and the first of many to come. In terms of aerodynamics, the vehicle stands out with its sleek rounded contours and boasts a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.13. Its design has been optimised to deliver record range.
On the roof, over three square meters of solar cells can be configured to provide up to 45 miles (almost 40km) of range per day, which should be plenty for most drivers. In that case, it wouldn’t even be necessary to recharge the vehicle from one day to the next.
The price of the Aptera vehicle depends on the battery capacity selected, with the firm offering range options of 250 to 1000 miles (400 to 1,600km). Pricing ranges from US$25,900 to $46,900 (approx. HK$200,812 to $363,632). A deposit of just US$100 (HK$775) is required to reserve a model and be sure to stand out on the roads.
This article was published via AFP Relaxnews.