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Aptera - the 1,000 Mile Range EV That Will Change Everything

Aptera Motors is making a 1,000 mile range EV. This is an ambitious project, but if they can pull it off, they'll have an EV that is unrivaled in terms of range and efficiency.

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The 1,000 mile range EV

Aptera Motors is making a 1,000 mile range EV and this is going to change everything. It's one of the most unique vehicles you will ever see and its efficiency blows every other EV out of the water.

A 1,000 mile range EV is unheard of today as the average is anywhere between 200 to 300 miles, with higher end EVs at around 400 miles of range. How is Aptera able to produce an EV with so much range?

The answer is pretty simple. They've created a lightweight EV that has 3 wheels, which reduced friction on the ground. They've also made the weight of the EV about 50% of the average weighted EV. They've also added solar panels to be built into the EV, further increasing range.

These innovations are what allows Aptera to sell a 1,000 mile range EV. I think many people are going to order one of these to see how they do. Sandy Munro sees Aptera doing very well and that by 2028, there will be 50% EVs and 50% gas cars.

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Cost and Future of EVs

When you look at buying an Aptera EV, you have to realize the cost of it. The lowest end model will be sold for $25,900. This is with a range of 250 miles. This is a very small and simple EV.

The 400 range model has a base cost of $29,800. The 600 mile range Aptera has a range of $34,600 and the 1,000 mile range version costs $44,900. A young person who has home charging will be able to afford the $25,900 EV.

You can also add solar panels to the roof, dashboard, hood, and rear hatch for $900. There are solar panels on the roof and dashboard for free. These solar panels will help keep the car charged while driving or while parked outside.

There are 3 wheels on the car and one thing that I wonder is how this will handle objects and rocks on the road as well as pot holes. Will this cause problem with the vehicle due to it having 3 wheels?

The design for the Aptera is a dome shape. With the 1,000 range version, most likely you will never have to charge, especially if you live in a sunny area.

Still, Aptera is a new company and most likely they are going to go through the same growing pains any new company goes through. To reach volume production is a truly difficult thing.

I'll be watching this company and writing more about them as more comes to light. I'm wishing them success. Would you get an Aptera vehicle?

For more information, see this video from Aptera Motors:

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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.

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Captain Jack (not verified)    January 2, 2023 - 11:16PM

In reply to by Greg (not verified)

Aptera will be licensed as an Autocycle, insured, and taxed as a motorcycle, drivers will NOT need a motorcycle operator's license NOR will helmets be required. Only the US states of Alaska, Massachusetts and New York require motorcycle licenses to drive an autocycle like the Aptera.

Baker (not verified)    December 30, 2022 - 11:54AM

If Aptera makes it to production, I will happily get one. I've had a reservation for a year and a half. I'm very excited about the vehicle (car?). That said, saying that it will "change everything" is likely overly optimistic. With its very unconventional styling, most people will be intrigued by it, like a Polaris Slingshot, but won't see themselves as a buyer. Now, once the word gets around about the phenomenal efficiency, that may change, at least a bit. The 600 mile version has the same size battery as those that take a Bolt or Model 3 about 260 miles. Charged at the average US residential price of electricity, about $0.15/kwh, that 600 miles will cost $9!

Captain Jack (not verified)    January 2, 2023 - 11:31PM

I plan on testing the range of my 1,000-mile 100Kwh full solar package Aptera. My plan it to drive it from San Diego, Ca to Seattle, Wa. I'm not going to drive non-stop but take my time as there are places I need to visit. But if I did, my calculations suggest I make two charge stops lasting about 30 to 45 minutes. But now that Aptera can access the Tesla chargers, I have to recompute Or just stick with the plan as if Tesla chargers didn't exist. Thinking worst case.
I used to live in San Diego, and Long Beach for many years. I'm planning on taking one week for the trip as I did back in 1987. I have many friends to meet so I might make it two weeks. The solar cells might eliminate one stop or at least make the recharge time shorter.
The real test will be driving it in Washington state where its cloudy and the sun is out less in the winter months. At least with the big battery, I don't have to worry much about recharging on longer trips.

Robert Natiello (not verified)    February 22, 2023 - 5:12PM

If you want to gain a credible opinion send a test vehicle to Scotty Kilmer to evaluate. IMO his eval might offer everyone the fair perspective / outlook that auto folks need.