Why Tesla Will Buy Aptera
Tesla is going to buy Aptera one day, and there are a couple of reasons I see this happening. The first reason is that Aptera vehicles are going to be the most efficient vehicles in the world - and it's not going to be even close. Even the very efficient Model 3 RWD will be dwarfed in efficiency by the Aptera.
Aptera is making their charging port the exact same as a Tesla vehicle. Aptera is the first company to do this, and I think it's very smart. It means people will be able to drive their Aptera to a Tesla Supercharger if needed and start charging without hassle. This solves the problem of charging.
Aptera is also making their EV very efficient and cost-effective to buy. Let's take a look at the 250 miles range Aptera and just how efficient it will be. This is the version with solar panels covering it and a single motor. The solar panels will give between 20 and 40 miles of range per day, depending on where you live and how much time you spend in the sun.
This puts the base cost at $26,800 for the 250-mile range version and $30,700 for the 400-mile version. I think Aptera will not focus too much on software, as it will be more cost-effective for them to license FSD and Autopilot from Tesla. That is the first efficiency is the cost to make and buy it.
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What Aptera Will Bring to Tesla
Presently, the Aptera as a 3 wheeled vehicle doesn't qualify for tax credits, but I believe this will change.
The 250-mile range version of the vehicle at $26,800 is going to eventually qualify for tax credits and rebates. In California, right now, this takes off $7,500 for the federal tax credit and $4,500 for the state tax credit (depending on income). That means the 250-mile range Aptera will cost $13,800.
And that $13,800 cost is without Aptera having reached volume production. I believe states in the U.S. are going to be offering similar rebates to California, meaning an EV is going to be a no-brainer to buy. It's going to be beyond a no-brainer.
The Aptera will also weigh much less in the 250-mile version with fewer batteries and only 3 tires. It will be the most efficient vehicle ever made. I predict that it will have a 40 kWh battery pack and get 6 miles per kWh WITHOUT any solar panels. If you add on the solar panels for only $900, you will get about 10 miles per kWh or more for daily driving!
Even Tesla's dedicated Robotaxi vehicle will not be able to compete with the solar paneled Aptera. With solar panels, the Aptera can function as a Robotaxi for much longer without needing to be charged. I think the Aptera could become Tesla's Compact vehicle - or another variation of it.
Aptera is also focusing heavily on safety features for its vehicles, including handling collisions. This is something that aligns with Tesla's mission.
Do you think Tesla will buy Aptera?
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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.