High demand for Aptera Solar car
US-based Aptera Motors is set to release a solar car for road-use later this year after receiving over 7,000 reservations in two months, totalling a quarter-billion in orders.
Aptera is the first in a series of eco-friendly vehicles that will be offered for consumer and commercial use.
The three-wheeled, two-person, Solar Electric Vehicle (SEV) can travel up to 45 miles (70km) on solar alone, with a total range of 1,000 miles (over 1,500km) per charge.
“With Aptera’s Never Charge technology, you are driven by the power of the sun. Our built-in solar array keeps your battery pack topped off and anywhere you want to go, you just go,” said Co-Founder Chris Anthony. “Never Charge is built into every Aptera and is designed to harvest enough sunlight to travel over 11,000 miles per year in most regions.”
Following the Aptera launch in December 2020, the company sold out their Aptera Paradigm and Paradigm+ editions on the first day, with goals to begin deliveries 2021/22.
Backed by crowd funders, private investors, and automotive leaders such as Sandy Munro of Munro & Associates, Inc., Aptera accepted a total of over $4 million from the Series A funding round.
“We plan to open up a new round of investment opportunities later this year to give people who weren’t able to participate on WeFunder the chance to join the Aptera family,” the company said.
“This funding pushes Aptera even closer to the start of production, allowing us to bring on more employees and fully equip our new facilities.”
Aptera recently re-located to a new production design facility in the Sorrento Valley area of San Diego.
Part of the 5,620 square metre campus will be home to Aptera’s three completed vehicles and a team of development engineers.
“Areas of focus will be advanced 3D printing, composites, UI/UX development, and battery technologies development. As we expand, we will be evaluating additional locations for production facilities in San Diego and around the world.”
8 March 2021