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Old 12-07-2020, 07:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Aptera's back...Solar Electric Vehicle

Glad to see that sexy body again?! Aptera Motors has introduced its first solar electric vehicle (sEV) that boasts a 1,000 miles of range on a single charge. It also has three square meters of integrated solar panels that could extend another 45 miles of range or meet your daily commuter travels by sun alone! The liquid-cooled electric motors could reach 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds and attain a top speed of 110 mph. It could be ordered with FWD or a vectorized torque control AWD. And its 'iconic' aerodynamic body made of lightweight composites stronger than steel, allowing its strong & flowing body shape to slip through the air with a drag coefficient (Cd) of .13.



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Old 12-07-2020, 08:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Pricing is important. Other news sites quote "The price will range between $25,900 and $46,000".

I'd be very curious if they could meet those price points and ship a product.

I'll predict failure like I always do with regards to new automotive ventures.

The Chevy Bolt has 4 wheels and a 260 mile EV range, and can be had for $26k now.
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Old 12-07-2020, 09:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I wasn't interested first time around, but really want one now.

I guess it's taken a decade for the world to catch up to the design. Goofy headlights gone, decent price for the specs, useful onboard solar, looks good in non-white.

Given the stated performance, I'd view it as a daily eco sports car that out performs a 86/MX5 for similar money, and with a bigger boot (than the MX5).

Narrow body means no more parking lot dings and scuffs. Do your shopping and come back to a car with more fuel than when you arrived

It won't sell well of course because people are afraid of anything even the slightest bit different.

I also really like their 'right to repair' policy.
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Please please please can I invest or put down a large deposit?
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The Chevy Bolt has 4 wheels and a 260 mile EV range, and can be had for $26k now.
Sure pricing is very important, and so is the suitability to a less "specialized" use, but as a technology showcase (and as a toy for celebrity EV endorsers to brag about) it may eventually succeed.
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Real electric vehicles plug in, carry stuff and cost less.
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Please please please can I invest or put down a large deposit?
I'm hoping to buy aptera-coins when they re-launch as a blockchain company.
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Real electric vehicles plug in, carry stuff and cost less.
Aptera plugs in, has a huge boot and claims 100w/km. It's as wide as a Model S and as long as a 3.

Much of the boot space in a conventional car is lost to the suspension towers so Aptera is probably closer to a full size boot than it first appears. Just another way in which current car designs are inefficient.

Cost appears competitive for the performance and range.
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I like the design. Does anybody know if they have a working prototype or is it just CG graphics?
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If that was CG, it was dang impressive.

Hmm. I wonder if turning the insight in to a trike would make much difference, aerodynamically. I suppose without the front wheels sticking out, it would look more like an XR3. A bit.

I missed out on an incomplete XR3 being sold locally, for $1500. I was quite upset at the time. Still annoys me.

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