Aptera unveils the launch edition of its 3-wheel solar-powered electric vehicle – Robb Report


It took a while though Aptera‘s solar-powered EV is just ready for the limelight.

The San Diego-based startup has finally unveiled the Launch Edition of its debut model. There are still a few hurdles to clear – including the need for more funding – but the much-anticipated vehicle could go into production by the end of the year.

The Launch Edition Aptera doesn’t look dramatically different from the car that was First teased in 2019. It still has a sleek teardrop shape and two large fenders covering its front wheels, but a two-tone finish and dynamic lighting package are welcome changes. The vehicle’s distinctive profile has a drag coefficient of 0.13, making it even more aerodynamic than that Cross-border Mercedes-Benz EQXX, which has a drag coefficient of 0.17. The two-person Codex interior, on the other hand, is clean and minimalist, with just two screens and a steering wheel up front.

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The revelation that took place late last week, contains few technical details, suggesting that some fine-tuning is still needed. We know the Launch Edition will sprint from zero to 60mph in four seconds and have a top speed of 101mph. That’s decent performance figures, but where the car, which has an electric motor on each wheel, really shines is in its efficiency.

Aptera says its electric vehicle can travel at least 400 miles on a single charge. That’s less than that industry-leading Lucid Air, which has a range of 520 miles, but the company’s nose, roof and tailgate are lined with 700-watt solar panels. Thanks to the panels, the car can generate up to 40 miles of range per day in sunshine. That means you can easily go weeks or even months between charges, especially if you only drive to work or around town most days. It also sounds like a bigger battery could do that Push the vehicle’s range closer to 1,000 miles is being worked on.

In the launch edition of Aptera's solar powered electric vehicle

In the Launch Edition Aptera

Aptera

“We solved the equation for a more efficient way to travel by harnessing the power of the sun, and we’re excited to introduce our Launch Edition vehicle to the world,” said co-founder Steve Fambro in a statement. “Our relentless efforts have resulted in the Aptera vehicle, which can transform you with the creative energy direct from our sun and efficiently into free movement wherever you want.”

Aptera may have finalized the design, but its electric vehicle isn’t ready to go into production just yet. The main reason seems to be a need for more funding. The company, which has already raised $85 million, needs to raise another $50 million to start building its first car. according to Inside EVs. The company hopes to raise the funds needed to start production by the end of 2023.

The startup intends to build just 5,000 examples of the Launch Edition, each of which will be identical to speed up production. Expect these to go quickly, whatever the cost in the end, as the brand already has 40,000 reservations for the car. It’s easy to see why. Who wouldn’t want an electric vehicle that they never have to plug in?





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