From pv magazine USA
The founders of Aptera, Chris Anthony and Steve Fambro, helped to create the electric vehicle market in 2006 with a solar-powered EV, and it got a lot of attention. But the world wasn’t ready for a solar vehicle and funding didn’t exist like it does today.
Fast forward 13 years to 2019, and the two returned to designing an EV focused solely on efficiency. Today’s Aptera is equipped with almost 700 W of integrated solar cells, which enables it to drive up to 40 miles per day on the sun’s rays alone. The car’s battery is designed for a 1,000-mile range.
Aptera is working with Maxeon Solar Technologies as the cell supplier for its solar production program, and the carmaker’s solar engineers have used the cells to create ultra-lightweight, curved solar panels. Aptera selected Maxeon Gen 3 solar cells because they are durable, lightweight and have minimal energy loss.
“We’re pleased to have been selected by Aptera to bring this next phase of solar innovation to market. At Maxeon, we provide the highest quality and most efficient solar technology, and Aptera’s mission to pioneer solar mobility is the natural progression of this innovation,” said Mark Babcock, interim CEO and chief revenue officer at Maxeon Solar Technologies. “The vehicle will feature the same extraordinary cells as those found in our high-efficiency solar panels powering homes and businesses – a true testament to our innovation as a solar leader.”
In June, Aptera said it chose EVE Energy as its supplier of lithium-ion battery cells. It also said it planned to use Eve’s 21700 NMC 811 cylindrical cells in its vehicle’s structural battery packs.
Apterra said it currently has more than 25,000 reservations from customers in more than 100 countries. Prices range from $25,900 to $50,700.
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Very exciting developments. Greatly appreciate that you can soon get an all-electric + solar vehicle for as low as ~28k (with the basic 250mile range battery, but with the full solar package option..providing up to 40 ‘free’ miles/day), and even lower — hopefully closer to $20k with the recent Congressional Inflation Reduction Act, which I believe offers $7.5k off most electric vehicles.
If you can run it completely off the sun, then you could save around $2,400/yr* by not having to buy gas.
*$2,400 = typical 15k miles per year at 25mpg at $4/gal (note that gas prices likely to avg More than $4/gal over next 10 yrs)
That’s $22,400 saved over 10 yrs! (more than pays for the car itself)
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