Solar Powered E.V. Promises Charge Free Commute
Aptera Motors, based in San Diego presented their new solar powered E.V. at the Move America Mobility Conference. Interestingly, Aptera Motors, Inc. liquidated in 2011, reforming as Aptera Motors Corp. The company promises charge-less driving, also stating the E.V. will come equipped with batteries to store energy for cloudy weather driving. These batteries range in size and milage, so far we know 25, 40, 60 & 100 kWh batteries will be available, the highest capacity models available delivering an estimate 1,000 miles of range. We can compare that an average efficient E.V. These run at roughly 4 miles per kWh, giving a max range of 400 miles. A 250% increase in range over the current standard isn’t impossible, but it does almost feel too good to be true.
Solar Powered E.V. Specs
The current price point suggested by Aptera is just under 26 thousand dollars which seems very affordable for the tech on display. The E.V. boasts around 67 horse power, with the drives being in the wheel hubs. The default option will be a front wheel drive with a 0 to 100kmh (o to 60 mph) in 5.5 seconds. A sportier option is available, by adding a motor to the rear wheel it can bring the acceleration time down to 3.5 seconds.
The three wheeler technically comes under motorcycle regulations. Due to the enclosure of the pod, no helmets are required. The vehicle is very light, weight approximately 360 kilograms, or 800 pounds. Aptera says they’re aiming to meet all the safety requirements required for cars (there are over 700 requirements) despite only being obliged to meet the motorcycles requirements of which there are considerably less (less than 40). Our final curious note about this vehicle is its cooling. It’s resin skin is supposed to imitate the way animals cool off by drawing heat out. This is the system responsible for keeping the motors, battery cells and solar panels cool. Until more details are released, this also seems like either a breakthrough or another “too good to be true” claim.