Over 40,000 reservations have already been made for the Launch Edition Aptera Solar-Powered EV
First teased back in 2019, the Launch Edition Aptera solar-powered EV is ready for production by the end of this year. Its unique teardrop shape is sure to turn some heads, even more so than being a three-wheeled EV, with its silhouette reminding us of something flying in The Jetsons.
Two large fenders equipped at the front of the Launch Edition Aptera solar-powered EV covers the front wheels, while its streamlined shape provides a drag coefficient of 0.13, increasing its aerodynamics. It’s not slow either, with a 0 to 60 in four seconds and a max speed of 101 mph.
The 42-kwh battery pack within these Launch Edition models provide a range of about 400 miles. When the sun is out, the solar panels allow this three-wheeled EV to generate up to 40 miles of range every day. Other versions, including one with a maximum range of 1,000 miles, will be the final variant to be released by Aptera. That said, the San Diego startup doesn’t expect owners to spend a lot of time charging, regardless of the estimated range.
According to the company, solar cells built into the bodywork are capable of generating 700 watts of power continuously, enough for a daily range of up to 40 miles. Aptera also claims these solar cells are over 50% lighter than other solar cells in the market.
“We’ve 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. “Our tireless efforts have resulted in the Aptera vehicle that can take you where you want to go using the creative energy directly from our sun and efficiently converted into free movement.”
The Launch Edition Aptera solar-powered EV will only be produced in 5,000 units, each of which will be identical to speed up manufacturing. Reports have stated their crowdfunding campaign has already received $85 million, and needs to raise an extra $50 million in order to begin production. Aptera hopes to raise the funding required to start production by the end of 2023.