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Aptera Introduces Sol, Its Newest Alpha Prototype

In keeping with its initial promise of keeping customers, investors, and industry players in the loop with progress on the Aptera sEV (solar electric vehicle), Aptera Motors has released a new update.
Aptera Sol, the latest Aptera sEV prototype 9 photos
The Apter solar electric vehicle, Alpha unit, undergoes testing at the drag strip, in CaliforniaThe Apter solar electric vehicle, Alpha unit, undergoes testing at the drag strip, in CaliforniaThe Apter solar electric vehicle, Alpha unit, undergoes testing at the drag strip, in CaliforniaThe Apter solar electric vehicle, Alpha unit, undergoes testing at the drag strip, in CaliforniaThe Apter solar electric vehicle, Alpha unit, undergoes testing at the drag strip, in CaliforniaThe Apter solar electric vehicle, Alpha unit, undergoes testing at the drag strip, in CaliforniaThe Apter solar electric vehicle, Alpha unit, undergoes testing at the drag strip, in CaliforniaThe Apter solar electric vehicle, Alpha unit, undergoes testing at the drag strip, in California
Available at the bottom of the page is a 1-minute video with co-CEO Chris Anthony delivering a series of quick updates. Aptera is arguably one of the most anticipated EVs of the past couple of years, a truly revolutionary vehicle if all goes well and it reaches mass production.

For the time being, Anthony says, Aptera is nearing the beta stage. That means that changes to body structure and aerodynamics of the alpha prototypes will make them more energy-efficient and “slightly roomier.” Speaking of alpha prototypes, Anthony also introduced Sol, the Aptera alpha in a pearly white color (and a black roof), and with FWD. The previous one was Noir, in all-black, which we’ve seen tested at the track; the next one will be Luna, in silver.

Later this month, a new Aptera webinar will offer more details on Sol and allow reservation holders the chance to ask questions. On the same occasion, Anthony announces a new round of funding coming up, accessible directly via the Aptera website.

The first Aptera vehicles will be delivered later this year, and Anthony says they’re making consistent progress toward sticking to that timeline. Full-scale production will start in the summer of 2022, with deliveries going out later that year.

Aptera is a lightweight but tough three-wheeler that boasts a range of 1,000 miles (1,609 km) on a single charge and a variety of trims. With room for two passengers and luggage, it’s trying for a new approach to personal transport. It's one in which the owner is offered a product that’s safe and lasts a lifetime, comes with minimal running and maintenance costs, and offers the ability to add upgrades and improvements later on, thanks to the use of 3D printing technology.



Editor's note: Photos in the gallery show the previous alpha prototype, the Aptera Noir

 
 
 
 
 

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