Originally designed in 2005 as a hybrid, that version never made it to market. The Aptera came roaring back in 2019 with a similar shape and a cutting-edge, all-electric drive design.
Aptera now features integrated solar panels generating 700 watts of capacity and harvesting 4.4 kwh per day in a sunny climate like southern California. That translates to up to 40 miles of juice without ever having to plug it in. In a less sunny environment like Ireland, you can still expect to get up to 20 miles of power per day from the Sun. It also sports conventional plug-in capability.
The 3-wheel futuristic design boasts a .13 drag coefficient making it the most aerodynamic vehicle you can buy. That in combination with its lightweight makes it both economical and fast. The all-wheel drive version takes you from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds while offering 1000 miles of range with the largest battery pack configuration.
This video shows Jay Leno taking the alpha version for a ride* on his show, Jay Leno’s Garage. The newest version, gamma, was unveiled at the Fully Charged Live event in San Diego on September 10, 2022
Vehicle production is slated to start in 2023 and depending on the version you select, you can expect delivery between 2023 and 2024. You can lock in your production slot by pre-ordering for just $70 ($30 discount) using this link:
- When watching the Jay Leno test drive you will notice the “wheel pants” shaking. This is the alpha development version and that does not happen on subsequent versions. Those are solid on the gamma version.