The Aptera solar car is getting closer to entering production, or so the company assures, thanks to the more than 22,000 reservations with which it has and a new round of financing for which it has obtained $40 million.
Individuals, companies specialized in technology and even universities have made their contribution so that the futuristic three-wheeled vehicle, that promises up to 1,609 km of autonomy, can stop being a project and become a reality after almost two decades in the making.
The keys to its success? There are mainly three: its design, its technology and autonomy that it offers… in addition to its price.
When reality could surpass fiction, for less than 25,000 euros
When the Aptera project first emerged, created by Chris Anthony and Steve Fambro, it was in 2006. At that time it did not work, but after reformulating the main lines of design and technology of its curious solar electric vehicle (SEV), the firm was relaunched in 2020.
Since then, Aptera has moved pretty fast. While putting the SEV through various test runs, last year it raised $4 million in funding and received more than 7,000 pre-orders (advance reservation of 100 dollarswhich is about 93 euros).
Today the company assures that its order book already exceeds 22,000 orders, and the collection reaches 40 million dollars. The success of the Aptera (especially in the US) lies in three keys.
Starting with your futuristic design and specially designed for two occupants, the Aptera is very different from the rest of the options on the market: it has three wheels, measures 4.36m long, 2.23 m wide and 1.44 m high. In addition, it promises a trunk capacity of 708 l.
Another noteworthy fact is that it has one of the best aerodynamic coefficients of the market, with a Cx of just 0.13.
On the other hand, the Aptera has two mechanical variants: a 100 kW (136 hp) front-wheel drive version and another all-wheel drive whose engines deliver up to 150 kW (204 hp) delivery. The first ensures acceleration from 0 to 96 km/h in 5.5 seconds, the second does the same in 3.5. In both cases, the maximum speed is 177 km/h.
To design and performance joins its promising autonomyas there are up to four battery options, of which the most capable (with 100 kWh) announces more than 1,600 km on a single charge.
This can be done as in any electric vehicle, but what differentiates the Aptera from the others is that, on many occasions, this would not be necessary: its almost 200 photovoltaic cells distributed throughout the vehicle are capable of charging up to 65 km of autonomy simply parked and a total of 72 km per day while driving.
This will depend on factors such as the type of driving, the km traveled and the weather conditions, yes, but it is quite a milestone for an SEV.
If we add to all this a price that starts at $25,900 and reaches $50,700 – from just over 24,100 euros to change at about 47,200 euros-, we have enough ingredients to justify the success that the Aptera is having across the pond.
And the company has announced that the vehicle could go into production this year.