The founders of Aptera, Chris Anthony and Steve Fambro, helped to create the electric vehicle market in 2006 with an idea unlike any other. It was the first to achieve 300 mpg and it got a lot of attention, landing on the cover of dozens of magazines and even appearing in the movie Star Trek. However, funding didn’t exist for EV programs like it does today and Aptera faced challenges. Even with the support of thousands of fans around the globe, the team realized the time was not right for Aptera to fulfill its mission of creating a healthier world and a better way to travel.
Flash forward: A decade of evolution
So, Chris and Steve went off to start other businesses, innovating in emerging industries such as lithium battery technology and vertical farm production. While the dream of Aptera was quiet, it was not forgotten. Flash forward a decade. EV technology is more advanced, the supply chain is more established, consumer demand is even greater. After Chris sold his company, the two founders met again to talk about how things had evolved. They were surprised that, with all the new EV brands on the market, there was still no company focused solely on efficiency. In fact, the current trend is toward larger and heavier vehicles requiring even more materials, batteries and energy.
Recognizing an opportunity, in 2019 our founders reborn Aptera as a solar electric vehicle (sEV) brand. Our goal is to build lightweight and aerodynamic vehicles powered by the sun that are able to handle most daily driving needs completely off the grid. We launched in late 2019 and have 10,000+ reservations from customers in 84+ countries. In addition to our launch series, our future plans include mainstream autonomous capable 6-passenger cars, 2-seat commuters, and utility vehicles up to 18-wheelers.
Meet the Aptera Team.
Thinkers. Innovators. Industry-leaders.
Steve FambroCo-CEO Bio:
Venture partner and COO of Ocean Holding, an investment and development company dedicated to advancing the use of clean, renewable energy. Founder of Famgro; raised $8m to launch a superefficient pesticide/ herbicide-free indoor food-production system.
Chris AnthonyCo-CEO Bio:
Founder and former CEO of Flux Power, an advanced lithium-battery technology company that launched its first products in 12 months and has reduced carbon emissions in industrial spaces by over 1,000 tons of C02 per year. Has raised more than $100m in private equity, DPO, and grant funding for technology ventures.
Michael JohnsonCo-Founder Bio:
Venture co-founder, owner, and president/CEO of Esenjay Petroleum, an upstream O&G exploration company based in Corpus Christi, Tex. Co-founder, major shareholder, and director of Flux Power, a lithium-power provider.
Jannies Sun-BurlingameCFO Bio:
Jannies is a strategic partner to the co-CEOs and a successful senior financial executive who has prepared and led over a dozen IPOs for domestic and international Fortune 500 companies. A professional educator, she has trained corporations throughout the U.S. Europe, and Asia on emotional intelligence, risk management, and Sarbanes-Oxley/J-SOX. Jannies is former president/current Board of Governors of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA LA chapter), Board member for the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS), ambassador for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and independent board director for SPAC.
Sarah HardwickCMO Bio:
Founder of award-winning agency Zenzi. History of success collaborating with high-profile brands including Nestle, Chiquita, Crystal Geyser, AOL/Mapquest, Churchill Downs, DirecTV, and many more. Savvy digital marketer, passionate community builder, driver of revenue and growth.
Nathan ArmstrongCTO Bio:
Founder of Motive Industries, an automotive and industrial-design firm VP of Engineering at Metalcrafters, Aria Group, Draganfly and Havelaar Canada Boeing CAD design engineer on the International Space Station.
Pablo UcarVP, Production & Procurement
Pablo UcarVP, Production & Procurement Bio:
Pablo Ucar leads manufacturing systems and factory operations for Aptera Motors. Previously, Pablo was President of USH’s manufacturing division. He was Vice President of Supply Chain at Faraday Future and sourced the partners and components that went into the FF91. He also served as Sr. Director of Supply Chain at SpaceX, VP of Operations at Grupo Antolin, and Director of Operations at Detroit Diesel. Pablo has an MBA from Thunderbird, a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Jason HillChief of Design
Jason HillChief of Design Bio:
Founder and president of Eleven LLC, a design studio whose clients include Subaru, IAT, WM China Motors, and SUNRY Automotive. First designer at Porsche’s American design studio; designed exterior of Porsche Carrera GT show car (basis for production version).
Brian SnowBoard Member
Brian SnowBoard Member Bio:
As a venture capital investor and the Managing General Partner of Impala Ventures, Brian Snow spearheads the incubation, acceleration, and scaling of sustainable technology organizations. A member of Aptera's Board of Directors, a key investor, and a strategic advisor, Brian is closely aligned with Aptera's mission to build the world's most sustainable transportation.
Jim ChyouCEO of Asia Pacific Operations
Jim ChyouCEO of Asia Pacific Operations Bio:
With 30+ years of industry experience, Jim Chyou focuses on building strategic alliances in the Asia Pacific region to advance Aptera's efforts to create the most efficient solar transportation on the planet. Most recently, Chyou served as Vice President of Product Development at Chery Jaguar Land Rover in Shanghai, China. He founded the Automotive Perceptual Quality Concept (PQ), trained teams, and conducted over 50 seminars.
Louie DietzMechanical & Industrial Design
Louie DietzMechanical & Industrial Design Bio:
Studio engineer and program manager with extensive cad and hands-on experience as owner of Customs Factory. Specialties include mechanical and industrial design for concept and limited production automobiles. Customers include Fisker, Nissan, Ford, BMW, Kia, Hyundai, GM, Chrysler, Toyota and more.
Gabriel IosifSuspension & Chassis Systems
Gabriel IosifSuspension & Chassis Systems Bio:
Founder of Iosif Automotive Engineering leveraging over 2 decades of EV chassis and suspension design experience. Lead many race and electric vehicle programs into production or on to the track with a focus on lightweight materials and extreme performance.
Brian HomsangpraditLead Chassis Engineer
Brian HomsangpraditLead Chassis Engineer Bio:
Mechanical engineer with extensive background in suspension and steering development. Previously owned and operated a 3D printing and scanning business specializing in rapid-prototyping for small businesses. Prior Chassis-Mechatronics Manager for Faraday Future.
Karl SchafferLead Powertrain Engineer
Karl SchafferLead Powertrain Engineer Bio:
Karl Schaffner worked as Master Certified Automotive Technician before completing a BSME with a Mechatronics Concentration at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2002 where he led the Formula SAE Powertrain Team. After college he worked for aerospace and other companies in the San Diego area as a design and test engineer where he performed structural, thermal, electronics, and power system design for space (NASA LRO and MSL Curiosity Rover) and UAV systems. As a contract engineer, Karl amassed a diverse experience designing, building and testing electro-mechanical systems.
Charlie BulkeleySenior Staff Firmware Engineer
Charlie BulkeleySenior Staff Firmware Engineer Bio:
An electrical and software engineer with over three decades of experience in product development, including a stint developing EV body controllers for Aptera back in 2010.
Quincy HillaDigital Marketing Manager
Quincy HillaDigital Marketing Manager Bio:
Quincy Hilla is a digital marketer and brand builder. Honing in on her skills as a self-starter and efficient problem solver, she has spent the last few years helping San Diego start-up companies execute their creative visions and marketing strategy. Quincy holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Marketing from San Diego State University.
Audra LeslieCustomer Success Manager
Audra LeslieCustomer Success Manager Bio:
Audra Leslie spent the past couple of years supporting customers across the U.S. at a start-up company based out of San Diego. With a vision and passion for a green, energy-efficient future, she is thrilled to be a champion for Aptera as the Customer Success Manager. Audra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, and enjoys traveling, running, and meeting new people from every walk of life.
Jesse WoodVehicle Firmware & Test Engineer
Jesse WoodVehicle Firmware & Test Engineer Bio:
Jesse Wood is a creator and dreamer who is constantly working on projects and is more than enthusiastic to tell you about them. This, along with his Bachelor's in Computer Engineering, naturally led him to Aptera where his innate sense of curiosity and a drive to learn about the world around him are helping to develop Aptera's electronics, computers, and solar capabilities.
Daniel MorrisMechanical Engineer, Vehicle Integration
Daniel MorrisMechanical Engineer, Vehicle Integration Bio:
Daniel Morris' experience lies with highly functional prototype vehicles from thought through design and manufacturing to testing. Function over form and disruptive concept advocate. Former President and Technical Director of UC San Diego's nationally ranked Formula SAE racing team. DIY mechanic and performance driving enthusiast.
Nick RoccoVehicle Program Manager
Nick RoccoVehicle Program Manager Bio:
An Electro-Mechanical Engineer with 20 years of Technical Management experience in Aerospace, Commercial and Medical industries. Responsible for full lifecycle development of highly engineered systems from prototype through to production.
Isaac VineyardOffice Wrangler
Isaac VineyardOffice Wrangler Bio:
Isaac Vineyard is a United States Navy Veteran from Austin, Texas. After the Navy, Isaac earned his MBA from the University of Phoenix. As the Office Wrangler for Aptera Motors, Isaac is the anchor for the office, helping to develop administrative programs and pathways to success for Aptera.
Shrikant ChopadeSenior Lead Engineer, Body & Closure
Shrikant ChopadeSenior Lead Engineer, Body & Closure Bio:
Shrikant Chopade is a mechanical engineer having extensive experience in automotive body, closures, mechanism design and development for the complete life cycle of the product. Worked with OEMs like Toyota, Honda, Navistar in USA and Renault-Nissan, Tata, Mahindra abroad in all automotive segments. Always willing to explore new technologies and cost-effective lightweight solutions.
Shashidhar ChakalabbiSenior Mechanical Design Engineer
Shashidhar ChakalabbiSenior Mechanical Design Engineer Bio:
A passionate mechanical engineer well-versed with automotive interior and exterior body design and development. Hands on experience in new product development, reverse engineering, product integration, benchmarking, and cost reduction.
Keva ChinMechanical Engineer
Keva ChinMechanical Engineer Bio:
Keva Chin is a Mechanical Engineer with years of experience in design and manufacturing at the UC San Diego Machine Shop. He is passionate about bringing designs from concept to reality and specializes in CNC Machining, 3D Printing, Welding, and manual fabrication. He has always been fascinated by high performance vehicles, and is intent on contributing to the innovative automotive industry through Aptera.
Nathan Engler is a Mechanical Engineer from Detroit, Michigan. Growing up in the MotorCity, he has always had a love for automobiles. Combined with Nathan’s passion for sustainability, he strives to help create a green, renewable future through his contribution to Aptera Motors.
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From the Dutch perspective of innovation and mobility, I am very pleased to see Aptera approach solutions for a better world from the ground-up. Aptera’s starting point of efficiency says a lot about the thinking process of the people who are developing this first great mobility machine.
As an architect, I want to invest in innovation and therefore in Aptera, not only with enthusiasm and promotion, but also financially when there is a possibility.
As a physicist and a lifelong car enthusiast, I have always thought about what my ideal car would be. Then I saw Aptera and it ticked all the boxes. If one is to think scientifically and logically about the problem of transporting two people and their baggage as efficiently as possible while still enjoying comfort, safety and driving fun then the only solution is Aptera.
I love how the team optimizes every aspect of the vehicle, from the advanced composites of the beautifully designed body through the sci-fi cooling system and clever camping kit to the “Right to Repair” program. Everything is done the right way at Aptera.
Aptera is a revolutionary paradigm advance in personal transportation. Powered by the sun, Aptera is a creative solution to the tremendous environmental cost of current automobiles.
Designed and manufactured in San Diego, Aptera places the US at the forefront of safe, quick, and efficient transportation.
I have been an Aptera fan for over a decade. It’s really exciting that Steve and Chris have returned with an even better version of their revolutionary vehicle.
There truly is no other product like this on the market today!
In the coming years, Aptera will be seen as a pioneer in producing ultra-efficient vehicles.
While I am excited to own this unique Solar Electric Vehicle someday, I believe in Aptera’s mission statement and want to be a part of helping them to accomplish it.
Not to mention the team has always been kind, helpful, trusting, and all around amazing!