Aptera launches first `Never Charge' solar vehicle

Aptera Motors has launched the first solar electric vehicle (sEV) that requires no charging for most daily use and boasts of a range of up to 1,600 km (1,000 miles) per full charge, shattering industry performance achievements to date. 

San Diego, California-based Aptera leverages breakthroughs in lightweight structures, low-drag aerodynamics and cooling, material science, and manufacturing processes to deliver the most efficient vehicle ever made available to consumers, says a company release.
“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. 
Never Charge is built into every Aptera and is designed to harvest enough sunlight to travel over 17,700 km (11,000 miles) per year in most regions. The Aptera vehicle is made of lightweight composites that are many times stronger than steel, allowing its unique body shape to slip through the air with an unheard-of drag coefficient (Cd) of .13, says the company. 
Aptera key breakthroughs and features include: 
Record-breaking range: Aptera’s low drag gives it the longest range for any vehicle – achieving up to 1,600 km per charge and unburdening drivers from frustrating range anxiety.
Solar: Integrated solar can be configured to provide up to 45 miles of range per day with over 3 square meters and 180 efficient solar cells designed into the body structure. This makes Aptera the first vehicle capable of meeting most daily driving needs using solar power alone. 
Efficient powertrains: Liquid-cooled electric motors propel Aptera from 0-60 in as fast as 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 175 kmph (110 mph). All-wheel drive and vectorised torque control give Aptera comfort, stability control, and the ability to handle inclement weather.
Tunable efficiency: Adjustable settings built into Aptera’s user interface keep drivers updated with ways they can conserve energy and extend range in real time.
Scalable manufacturing: Aptera has solved key challenges allowing for rapid, high-volume, and cost-efficient vehicle production – having just four main pieces. 
Aptera has been made available to customers in the US on pre-order beginning 4 December. For a refundable fee of $100, customers can reserve one of a limited number of special edition Paradigm and Paradigm+ vehicles, which will be the first produced in 2021. They can also design and customise their own Aptera and choose ranges of 400, 640, 960, or 1,600 km in both AWD and FWD packages. Pricing is between $25,900- $46,900+. 
A lightweight three-wheeler, Aptera is the first in a series of eco-friendly vehicles that will be offered for consumer and commercial use. It has the ability to travel up to 72 km a day on free power from its integrated solar panels. With only four key structural parts, Aptera’s unique body shape allows it to slip through the air using far less energy than other electric and hybrid vehicles on the road today, says Aptera.