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You read the title right – this solar-powered car can go anywhere… literally. Without a single charge, the US$26,000 electric car has a range of up to 1,000 miles (1,600km).
The company behind the mastermind car is a California based startup named Aptera — describing the three-wheeled car as the worlds first ‘never charge solar electric vehicle’.
Aptera says on their website that they specialise in lightweight structures, low-drag aerodynamics and cooling, material science and manufacturing processes to deliver the most efficient vehicles ever made available to consumers.
“Aptera’s Never Charge is built into every vehicle and is designed to harvest enough sunlight to travel over 11,000 miles per year in most regions,” the company says on its website.
The car model is a limited edition, named Paradigm alongside an upgraded model Paradigm +. All models of the car sold out in less than 24 hours.
“Cheers to those who made our launch such an amazing success,” the company said in a tweet.
BIG NEWS! Preorders for the limited edition Paradigm and Paradigm+ models have officially SOLD OUT in less than 24 hours. Cheers to those who made our launch such an amazing success.
— Aptera Motors (@aptera_motors) December 5, 2020
Accordingly, no market in the world has an electric vehicle that has a range greater than 500 miles.
Solar panels cover the car can only capture enough energy from the sun to charge roughly 40 miles per day, but it requires enough sunlight to charge at a reasonable rate.
The company says Elon Musk inspires them as a true visionary and his accomplishments with Tesla.
“As Elon initially intended with Tesla – he has created the foundation for companies like Aptera to take auto-manufacturing into the future,” the company says.
The teardrop shape is designed as aerodynamically efficient as possible in order to require less energy to run.