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What is Aptera?
Aptera’s mission is to create the most efficient transportation on the planet. We achieve this by leveraging breakthroughs in battery efficiency, aerodynamics, material science and manufacturing. Aptera is the first in a line of Solar Electric Vehicles (sEVs) being produced by Aptera Motors that are powered by the sun and won’t need charging for most daily use. We’re an efficiency-obsessed brand offering an array of safe, comfortable, and fun to drive vehicles.
Is Aptera a car?
No, Aptera is not a car. We call it a Solar Electric Vehicle, because it’s powered by the sun and also charged with batteries when plugged in. Technically speaking, Aptera can be classified as a motorcycle or auto-cycle. A helmet is not required because Aptera is enclosed, and the vast majority of states only require that you have a regular driver’s license to operate Aptera.
Why three wheels?
Our main goal is efficiency. Aptera leads the pack by having the least “rolling resistance” — the friction that comes from the wheels against the ground. Our three wheel design — instead of four, eliminates a touch point where energy can be lost.
What is Aptera made of?
We are using Carbon, Glass, and Kevlar fibers in our structural body parts. And we are looking towards more organic fibers like Hemp and Bamboo for our non-structural parts. We are also investigating bio-resins which degrade more easily once recycled.
How big is Aptera? What are the vehicle dimensions?
Aptera is 177″ long, 88” wide, and 57” high. Aptera has 25 cubic feet of luggage capacity. But what can you fit in it? Find out in this video. We can’t wait for the adventures you and your Aptera will go on.
Is Aptera safe?
Aptera has significant safety advantages over other vehicles! We are designing to meet or exceed all applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards. We will show our testing as we get closer to our start of production, but we will not know Aptera’s actual rating until we pass a production vehicle through the full safety tests. Our CEO, Chris Anthony, recently talked about the safety of the Aptera in this Q&A session (time 23:49). The previous version had the highest roof crush strength of all passenger cars on the road.
How many vehicles have been built? What stage of development are you in?
Do I need a motorcycle license to operate Aptera?
Aptera is technically not classified as a car, it’s a motorcycle or auto-cycle. The vast majority of states only require that you have a regular driver’s license to drive a three-wheel vehicle like the Aptera. States that we’re aware currently require a motorcycle license are AK, MA, and ME (check your local laws for clarity). We will work hard to show these outlier states that the safety and ease of use of the Aptera should allow its operation without a motorcycle license.
How does the referral program work?
Are the windows made of glass?
Yes, we plan to use automotive safety glass for the windshield and door windows!
Will the windows be tinted?
We are still working on an appropriate sun visor solution, and we will have UV tint in all our windows, but you may need to add more. Luckily most places don’t have motorcycle tint restrictions.
Is there any safety between the cabin space and the cargo area?
We plan to offer a cargo net and dividers to shield between the luggage space and the cabin to prevent any objects from easily moving around. And to have tie-down hooks included in the cargo area. There are plenty of aftermarket possibilities to explore as well!
Will the seats recline? Are they adjustable?
The seats in Aptera are fully adjustable— moving forward, backward, and capable of 90-degree positions. There will be several iterations of the seats before production (delta). They are made to be extremely lightweight, safe, and very strong — just like our vehicle.
What is the expected vehicle warranty?
The first 100 Apterae will get special treatment, but after that, we will have a fairly standard warranty. Comparable to that of any modern electric vehicle. We expect to offer a 10-year warranty on the high-voltage battery pack. Warranty information will be released on our website nearing the start of production, and we encourage you to subscribe to our email newsletter at the footer of our website to stay up-to-date with all announcements.
Will Aptera be available in Europe?
Our goal is to sell Aptera worldwide everywhere possible. Our first three-wheel vehicle may not meet every global market’s requirement— we have an EU homologation and certification expert working with us to investigate minor model changes and help streamline the process as much as possible to meet the earliest production deliveries. At this time, we are still preparing for U.S deliveries— we hope to begin international deliveries during 2023-2024. Please follow our social media handles @aptera_motors and subscribe to our email newsletter for updates.
We encourage you to make a reservation to secure your spot and help bring Aptera to your region even sooner. You can reserve your very own Aptera at https://aptera.us/.
How can I make a pre-order reservation for Aptera?
You can reserve your very own Aptera at aptera.us.
Please begin by first logging into your Aptera account. If you do not have an account, please sign up to create an account. If you have questions about reserving an Aptera or need assistance accessing your online account, please email us through our Contact page.
We hope to finalize our production intent design by the end of this year with the goal of ramping to full-scale production in 2023. We hope to start international deliveries in 2023-2024. You can view delivery timing updates through your Aptera account dashboard (click My Account) .
How much does an Aptera vehicle cost?
Aptera pricing is between $25,900 to $46,000+ depending on range and options. Our goal is to make Aptera accessible for everyone who wants to drive an efficient EV.
Is financing available?
We are in the process of selecting financing partners— our goal is to offer market competitive rates, and you are always welcome to find your own financial institution if you have a favorite bank or credit union. Our team will keep all Aptera members up to date with the options available at purchase time! Please look out for updates as we near the start of production.
What type of vehicles will Aptera offer in the future?
We will focus on aerodynamic, lightweight vehicles with efficient powertrains. And those will likely not look like standard passenger cars. We will expand to more seats and wheels over time, always ensuring our vehicles exceed the highest safety and performance standards.
When will Aptera start delivering preordered vehicles?
Can I upgrade my battery pack at a later date?
At this time, we are not planning to have the battery upgradable in segments. Our goal is to build this vehicle modularly to keep the cost low and hopefully help us scale quickly. This could be a possibility in the future!
You may choose to upgrade your battery through the Aptera dashboard prior to the delivery and purchase time once signed into your account.
What are my delivery options?
We will contact customers who have preorder reservations for Aptera with more information about shipping options once production is underway. You can find out an estimate of the current timing in your Aptera member portal, along with configuration information for your vehicle.
Will updating my Aptera’s configuration impact my delivery timeline?
You can make changes to your configuration once logged into your Aptera account until contacted to confirm the final selections closer to the date of purchase and delivery!
We will optimize order delivery and early adopter satisfaction, by announcing that certain configurations will be made first, such as the 400-mile range battery pack. The goal is to deliver vehicles as closely as we can to the order in which they were placed.
How often should I expect to replace the battery pack?
Many cells can fail in our pack design before things need to be replaced, and if replacement is needed, you would only need to replace the pack itself. We expect to offer a 10-year warranty on the high-voltage battery pack. The replacement costs will vary, but they should be far less than any other EV, as our packs are smaller for a given range.
We will have exact answers regarding our battery warranty and repair/replacement cost and plan as we get closer to production time.
What is your production rollout plan?
Our first deliveries will be shipped close to home (San Diego), but our ramp is aggressive. We hope to begin shipping elsewhere after the first few months of production in 2023. Once we know more about regional roll-out plans, you will be notified! The first Apterae we produce will be the 400-mile range version, followed by 250, 600, and 1,000.
Will Aptera produce a right-hand drive (RHD) version?
Will I be notified to finalize my Aptera preorder before production starts?
I have moved locations. How do I update my shipping/delivery address?
Who is Aptera Motors?
We’re an efficiency-obsessed brand offering an array of safe, comfortable, and fun to drive vehicles. Learn more at www.aptera.us.
Why are we different?
Aptera has the longest range of any electric vehicle ever created – breaking the 1,000 mile per charge barrier. Integrated solar can be configured to provide over 40 miles of range per day with over three square meters and 180 efficient solar cells designed into the body structure. This makes the Aptera the first vehicle capable of meeting most daily driving needs with solar power alone.We have solved key manufacturing challenges allowing for rapid, high-volume and cost-efficient vehicle production – Aptera has just six main pieces.
What is Aptera’s mission?
At Aptera, we believe efficient transportation is crucial to managing our natural resources. With a focus on efficiency, Aptera makes better use of materials in construction and in their use. This saves resources we cannot afford to waste and lessens our overall impact on the planet and each other.
How does Aptera help the environment?
If Aptera produces one million vehicles, we’ll reduce our Co2 footprint by seven million tons per year. Each Aptera owner can reduce their carbon footprint by over 14,000 pounds of C02 per year, what 884 twenty five year old pine trees can absorb in a year. If one out of every 20 vehicles on the road were replaced with an Aptera, Americans would save 18 million gallons of gasoline every day or six BILLION gallons per year (assuming 20 mpg vehicle and $3 per gallon gas).
Where will Aptera be manufactured?
We will manufacture these vehicles ourselves and intend to do the initial assembly here in San Diego. As we expand, sub assemblies may be made elsewhere and eventually we will have other plants around the world producing our Solar Electric Vehicles.
Can I invest in Aptera?
We have many Aptera investors among our reservation holders, and it’s because of you we are making continued progress towards our goal of developing the most efficient transportation on the planet.
Where is Aptera located?
San Diego, CA
Are you hiring?
We’re always looking for talented people who want to join us on our mission to reinvent the future of transportation and create a healthier planet. You can view and apply to our current job opportunities by visiting our careers page at https://aptera.us/careers/.
How can I get involved?
Sign up for our newsletter below or find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Reddit.
If you’re interested in joining our Aptera Ambassador program, email us at Ambassador@aptera.us.
Above all, continue spreading the word to your community about our mission to create the most efficient transportation on the planet.
Thank you for your support!
Can Aptera handle pre-order demand?
How was Aptera created?
Aptera was created by Chris Anthony and Steve Fambro in an effort to make a better future for the planet possible through more efficient transportation. You can learn more about how Aptera was conceived and launched in this video.
Where does Aptera fit in the EV industry?
Our founder Chris Anthony believes the it comes to EV efficiency, the industry has got a long way to go. Hear more about what he has to say in the video below.
Who founded Aptera?
Hear from our fearless leaders, co-founders and co-CEOs, Chris Anthony and Steve Fambro.
Does Aptera qualify for a Federal Tax Credit?
Will you be making a four seat version of Aptera in the future?
We will focus on aerodynamic, lightweight vehicles with efficient powertrains and those will likely not look like standard passenger cars. However, we will expand to more seats and wheels over time.
How can I contact customer service?
What are the base prices for each range option?
1,000 miles – $44,900
600 miles – $34,600
400 miles – $29,800
250 miles – $25,900
Where can I see or visit Aptera?
What’s a Solar Electric Vehicle (sEV)?
Eco-friendly transportation that preserves our natural resources by reducing carbon and chemical emissions. Solar vehicles give people the ability to constantly recharge using the power from the sun without any requirement of a charging station, making the driver independent.
What are the benefits of a Solar Electric Vehicle?
One of the key features that sets Aptera apart from other electric vehicles is our unique combination of solar and electric power that will fuel your ride. Watch our video and learn more.
What do you mean by Never Charge?
The average American drives 29 miles per day. Even though the longest range Aptera can drive for about 1,000 miles between charge, the reality is that most of our driving is 30 miles or less. For Aptera, 30 miles consumes about 3 kWh of electricity. Now, let’s say your commute is 15 miles each way, let’s assume it’s dark when you’re driving to and from work. While parked at the office on a sunny day, your Aptera could put back in about 4.4 kWh which is far more than what you’ll use that day. You’ll arrive home with more charge than when you left with. That’s how it works, it’s as simple as that.
How do you charge Aptera when you need to?
You can plug Aptera in like any other electric vehicle! Aptera can be charged and travel 250, 400, 600, or 1,000 miles (depending on your battery pack size) by plugging in at home to a standard 110V or 220V outlet. The built-in solar power is an added bonus! We also plan for Aptera to be compatible with Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 DC Fast Charge stations. And to ship the vehicle with a charging adapter so that you can charge it anywhere.
How quickly does Aptera charge?
From the sun, you get up to about 40 miles per day. From a 110 V cord (like what you’d charge your cell phone on) you get 13 miles an hour or about 150 miles of charge overnight. At roadside charging stations you’d likely get about 100 miles in 10 minutes.
How many times a year will I need to charge Aptera?
There is a solar calculator on our website: https://aptera.us/vehicle/
This will show you if your daily driving and location are compatible with a “Never Charge” lifestyle or if you will have to charge a few times a year.
Why doesn’t every electric car do this?
How can Aptera get up to 40 miles of solar charge per day?
Depending on where you live and how your vehicle is configured, some drivers can get up to 40 miles of range per day powered by the sun. Our Co-CEO Steve Fambro explains the science behind this engineering innovation from the team at Aptera.
How does Aptera’s Skin Cooling work?
To dissipate heat, Aptera circulates coolant through biologically inspired channels throughout its skin. Learn more in the video below.
What is Aptera’s User Interface?
We worked with Crank Software to get an intuitive and efficient user interface for our vehicles. Find out about our partnership in the video below.
What’s the voltage of the system?
350 V nominal.
Will a tow package be available?
We hope to make a Tow package available at some point in the future. We envision Aptera could tow a small lightweight trailer for camping, maybe even adding some extra solar capability.
How many Wh per mile does Aptera use?
Aptera uses 100 Watt Hours (Wh) per mile, a fraction of the energy larger EVs are using to go the same distance.
How will you change a tire on Aptera?
There will be a jack point to lift the vehicle for wheel/ tire repairs. The wheel covers can be removed without unusual tools or special skills in a couple of minutes. We will show off this process once we are closer to production!
What is the max payload for the cargo area?
Aptera is designed to carry a 500 lbs payload of passengers and cargo, or a max of 300lbs in the rear cargo (if you only have the driver).
What are the ramifications of minor body damage?
The front and rear sections are designed to be replaceable if damaged. Both are made of impact-resistant plastic, as are the wheel covers. They are also both foam filled to help in a higher speed incident. The front nose cone along with our subframe, in particular, are designed to crumple against our angled firewall and extend an impact sequence to the benefit of our passenger safety cell.
Can you see out the back window when solar is on the back hatch?
Yes, with our rear view cameras.
What is the full height of the open door?
This may change slightly in production, but it is 6’2″ right now.
What is the ground clearance?
We are looking for at least 5″ on both the wheel covers and the belly of the vehicle, but the belly will likely be higher than the wheel covers. The ground clearance of the Aptera with the off-road package is at least 7″. Exact specs will be released on our website nearing the start of production.
What is the width across the front wheels?
Aptera is 88″ wide. We realize this may be wider than local regulations permit for some of our global customers and we are working through this process with industry experts to ensure we can make Aptera available in Europe and the UK.
If parked outside, will Aptera charge even when it is not on?
Yes, for example, while parked at the office on a sunny day, your Aptera could charge about 4.4 kWh.
How do I unlock and lock the Aptera vehicle? With a key fob?
The Aptera vehicle will recognize that it is you trying to open the door through a proximity detection device such as a Bluetooth connection via smartphone, through our app, or a proximity key. Once inside the vehicle, you can open the door through the center screen controls. The doors will have a manual pull handle for emergencies.
The vehicle will automatically lock itself when you leave it. It recognizes you are not inside. For a lot of areas, things will be electric as that is just the standard nowadays, and it is much easier to engineer. Rest assured, we will have a solution to access the vehicle without a mobile device. More information to come as we push the efficiency envelope on mobility.
Will Aptera have heated or cooled seats?
We plan to equip the vehicle with seat heaters. We are designing this vehicle specifically for a lot of the cold countries that love electric vehicles. Our sandwich core composites body offers great insulation and a nice heater, it’s very comfortable driving in the winter.
Cooled seats are great for efficiency because if you cool the body, it’s actually more efficient. Unfortunately, cooled seats are pretty complex. We think those will eventually be an option. We’ll know closer to production whether or not seat cooling will be included. It’s a technical challenge for sure.
Will Aptera have side view mirrors?
How fast is Aptera?
All of our vehicles will be 100 MPH+ capable. 0-60 MPH in our All-Wheel Drive version clocks in as fast as 3.5 seconds and Front-Wheel Drive as fast as 5.5 seconds. Both versions will be RPM limited to just over 110 MPH.
How does Aptera handle in the snow and cold weather?
With all-wheel-drive and vectorized torque control, Aptera handles beautifully in the snow and ice. Aptera will have a full climate control system capable down to -20 and up to 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Aptera will be equipped with defroster grids, and our sandwich core composite body offers great insulation and a nice heater, making it very comfortable to drive in the winter.
Additionally, according to our calculations, even the most dreary places would average about 8,000 miles of solar “free-charging” per year. In the winter they may not get a lot of sun, but in the summertime, these regions have even longer hours of sunlight. For most people in the world, 8,000 miles of free charging is a game-changer.
How will Aptera handle repairs?
How will Aptera handle repairs? Here at Aptera, we’ve revolutionized every aspect of transportation, even repairs and customer service. Learn about our philosophy in our video.
Will Aptera offer regenerative braking?
Yes! Aptera will offer regenerative braking, which uses an electric vehicle’s motor as a generator to convert much of the kinetic energy lost when decelerating back into stored energy in the vehicle’s battery. Then, the next time the car accelerates, it uses much of the energy previously stored instead of tapping in further to its own energy reserves. Aptera will offer adjustable levels in 3 or 4 settings, from off to very heavy regen braking.
Is Aptera Front-Wheel or All-Wheel Drive?
Aptera offers both front and all-wheel drive packages.
Does Aptera have heating and air conditioning?
It does, a full climate control system! Aptera is very well insulated with its sandwich core composite construction. The solar also allows the interior to stay at ambient temps on hot days so you don’t have to cool the car down before driving in the summer.
What kind of sound system does Aptera have?
In addition to a seven-speaker audio system, you can upgrade to an extra three channels of audio for great sound depth. An added lightweight transmission-line subwoofer brings accurate and deeper bass response.
In regards to Apple CarPlay— we are focusing on Bluetooth right now and hope to offer that compatibility in the future.
What is the wheel clearance?
5” to the bottom of the wheel covers and 9” to the bottom of the belly of the Aptera.
Have you taken Aptera to the track?
We took our Alpha vehicle to the track and put it to the test with our engineers as we refined our designs moving into Beta. This video shows our team at the track doing preliminary analysis on acceleration, braking and obstacle testing.
Will there be cupholders in the vehicle?
Aptera will feature two cup holders located on the center console!
Can you roll down the windows?
What type of motors?
In partnership with Elaphe, Aptera offers compact, high-torque in-wheel radial flux motors that allow for enhanced aerodynamics, lighter overall vehicle weight, and improved handling — resulting in better mileage and safety. You can select between either an all-wheel or front-wheel drivetrain.
How much will the HVAC impact range?
Although our well-insulated body helps, energy consumption from the HVAC can have a significant impact. You could see 10 to 20% less range on really hot or cold days. We have a fan to extract the hot air from the cabin that uses solar energy to keep the interior cool. We will share more exact figures once we have undergone more testing.
How efficient is Aptera?
Watch this video to see efficiency explained.
What makes Aptera so efficient?
Most vehicles today waste more than 65% of their energy at highway speeds due to aerodynamic drag. Aptera’s unique body shape allows it to slip through the air using far less energy than any other vehicle on the road. We can burn 30% of the energy the average EV does to go the same distance. Aptera puts over 90% of its battery pack’s energy into propelling itself with regenerative braking to add range.
What is Aptera’s drag coefficient?
The vehicle is made of lightweight composites that are many times stronger than steel, allowing its unique body shape to slip through the air with an unheard-of drag coefficient (Cd) of .13.
Why is efficiency important?
Efficient transportation is crucial to managing our natural resources. With a focus on efficiency, Aptera makes better use of materials in construction and in their use. This saves resources we cannot afford to waste and lessens our overall impact on the planet and each other.
How does Aptera use AI for greater efficiency?
Artificial Intelligence (AI) can optimize the design of parts for the most strength with the least amount of material and weight. In most parts, we can achieve a 30-50% weight saving over the same part cast as a solid piece.