Aptera unveils the final production version of its 1,000-mile electric car
U.S.-based automotive startup Aptera has revealed the final renderings of its sun-powered three-wheeler shaping up to become the world’s longest-range EV. The founders Chris Anthony and Steve Fambro will participate in a webinar scheduled for January 2023 to answer the questions of the investors and the buyers alike.
The prototype still goes under the provisional name of ‘Delta’, meaning it is the fourth design iteration following Alpha, Beta and Gamma. The Aptera Gamma was revealed in Saint Diego early this fall and looked rather close to the production variant revealed today.
Despite this apparent success, the startup is still looking for additional funds to launch production. Crowdfunding, institutional investments and state grants are all being considered.
The Delta is an electric two-seater with three motorized wheels and abundant solar panels all around. In its topmost spec, it is estimated at 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) of range with the battery charged and the solar panels topping it up. A record-low drag ratio of 0.13 should further help with the range, along with the fact that the vehicle weighs around 65% less than the competition.
Aptera mentioned two specifications to choose between last spring, but it has since expanded the offer to four specs. Their respective mileage will amount to 250, 400, 600 and 1,000 miles (402, 644, 966 and 1,609 kilometers). Prices are expected to start as low as $25,900 and max out at just $44,900. In addition to the roof, solar elements can be placed on the hood ($300) and the trunk lid ($600).
The first model to reach the market will be a Launch Edition spec, which remains to be revealed.
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