The California-based startup, Aptera, sold out the first batch of its $26 thousand new car model within 24 hours. The company claims its vehicle never needs charging, The Independent reported.
Aptera sells its Never Charge model first batch
Aptera describes its three-wheeled car as “the world’s first Never Charge solar electric vehicle.” The model has up to 1,000 miles (1,600km) range.
The company states it pretends to leverage breakthroughs in lightweight structures, low-drag cooling, and aerodynamics on its website. It aims to deliver the most efficient vehicle ever made, with available prices for customers.
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The Never Charge Aptera’s design will be applied to every vehicle the company builds. The model can harvest enough sunlight to travel over 11 thousand miles per year in most California regions.
In this regard, the vehicle has an unusual teardrop shape, purposefully designed to be as aerodynamic and efficient as possible. With this design, Aptera looks to reduce its cars’ energy requirements.
No mass-market EV currently on the market has a more extensive range than 500 miles. However, Aptera’s new model has several limitations.
For instance, the solar panels covering the car can only capture enough energy from the sun to charge 40 miles per day. Furthermore, experts observe the car requires sunny California weather.
In this regard, Steve Fambro, Aptero’s founder, told The Independent, “40 miles doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s the equivalent of parking your car and having it magically fill up with two gallons of gas overnight.”
Therefore, the founder said that if you can park your car and then go back with more energy in the tank, it has significant benefits. In Fambro’s words, “that’s the kind of freedom I think a lot of people would love.”
Besides, the Never Charge car has a 110V outlet that allows manual charging. This outlet can be plugged into a standard wall socket, providing 150 miles of range in an overnight charge.
The company made only 330 of its futuristic three-wheelers in the first batch, with deliveries set to begin in 2021.