Aptera is back and the first batch of the three-wheeled electric vehicle is sold out – but not yet on the road. Its solar-generated range is impressive.
Aptera had its first phase of life from 2005 until it went bankrupt in 2011 – the streamlined electric tricycle attracted attention but apparently failed to find enough investors. Then in 2019 came the second attempt with a revised model that can generate additional energy via solar panels. Now, customer interest is so high that the first production batch of 330 cars sold out after just 24 hours, according to the Washington Post. 7,500 more customers have already placed an order, Aptera is pleased to report.
With an entry price of 25,900 dollars (currently around 21,561 euros), the Aptera EV is comparatively inexpensive.
However, not a single Aptera EV is on the road as a production vehicle yet – deliveries are yet to begin. But the announced capabilities of one of the most efficient electric cars on the market have apparently convinced many prospective buyers. The two-seater is said to be capable of speeds of up to 177 km/h (177 mph) and to sprint from zero to 97 km/h (60 miles per hour) in 3.5 seconds. The efficiency figures are even more impressive: on a clear sunny day, the solar cells are said to supply energy for a range of over 60 kilometers – a battery charge is even said to be capable of driving 1,600 kilometers.