Aptera has recently introduced a new solar electric vehicle, which never require charging. The new three-wheeled, two-person (or two adults plus pet, as its specs suggest) vehicle has a solar roof array that can provide up to 45 miles of range per day.
“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,” says Co-Founder Chris Anthony to a news website.
“With direct current fast charging, charging speeds can reach a range of 500 miles per hour,” Aptera claims. 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. Theoretically, it is possible to drive without charging, depending on the occupant’s location and driving habits.
The Aptera battery packs range in size from 25.0 kWh to 100.0 kWh, and the heaviest model weighs about 997 kgs. Aptera energy efficiency is 10 miles per kWh, certainly more than any other EVs on offer till date and is nearly double to what Lucid Air has on offer.
The Aptera EV is characterised by a shape that looks like an airplane’s fuselage minus its wings, which has a drag coefficient of 0.13 and is designed to consume only 100 watts of energy per mile. And it is decently quick too for an electric vehicle. Aptera claims the liquid-cooled electric motors can propel the EV from 0-60 miles per hour in as fast as 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 110 mph (177 kmph).