After liquidating nearly a decade ago, Aptera has returned with a new solar electric vehicle that comes with a 100 kWh battery, 1,000 miles of range, and according to the California-based startup, will never need to be charged for the majority of its drivers.
The new Aptera Paradigm and Paradigm Plus have a solar roof that can provide up to 45 miles of range per day. Much like the electric vehicle Aptera failed to secure funding for in 2011, the new solar EV has only three wheels and can accommodate two adults and a pet according to its specs. To achieve the claimed 1,000 mile range, you will most likely need to own the top model and add the charge from the solar roof panels while it’s parked since the vehicle doesn’t run on solar power alone while driving.
Aptera co-founder Chris stated in a press 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.” Anthony added “Never Charge is built into every Aptera and is designed to harvest enough sunlight to travel over 11,000 miles per year in most regions.”
Prices for Aptera’s Paradigm and Paradigm Plus models range between $25,900 and $46,000, however you could end up paying more depending on your customizable preferences. You are currently able to preorder both models for a fully refundable deposit of $100. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2021.