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Aptera Motors

The world's first Never Charge solar vehicle!

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Invested $20,000 this round
We put in solar with battery backup in 2003 and was on the early list for the original Aptera 2e. When that didn't happen I went with a LEAF when it came out in 2011 and put 90,000 miles on it before trading it in for a Tesla model 3 in 2018. I am never, EVER, going back to fossil fuels. There is no need. When I heard that Aptera was back, with a big battery, and solar panels so it might not even have to be plugged in... I was IN! Aptera will change the minds of so many people that I had to be an investor to help them on their journey to getting game-changing cars into the exploding EV market.

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Aptera Wants Anyone To Be Able To Repair Its EVs - Even Under Warranty
August 27, 2020
Getting back from the dead will not be enough for Aptera. The company will have to prove it can sustainably keep among us not only by delivering its first cars but also by selling them in good numbers. The company executives know that it will take some convincing efforts, and one of them is in the video above.
These solar-charged electric vehicles could change the world
March 25, 2020
Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that traffic and air pollution have plummeted as cities shut down due to the coronavirus. While there are no silver-linings to the COVID-19 pandemic, our response to this crisis shows that we are capable of abrupt changes when the situation necessitates them.
Aptera Aims for World's Most Efficient Electric Vehicle With 1,000+-Mile Range
January 8, 2020
Also like the famous engine, Aptera has a very steep mountain to climb, but optimism and very hard work will help it carry out the difficult mission. Aptera Motors has been on the market since 2006, making headlines across various news cycles with its efforts to put out a hybrid or fully electric car that aimed for maximum efficiency and lower costs.
Aptera 'Never Charge' Solar Charging Will Be a Standard Feature
January 6, 2020
Our last article about Aptera was a little after the company announced it had no plans to die again. More than that, it counted on the sun to make its cars keep on running without the need of plugging them in. The "Never Charge" system was supposed to be an option.
Solar Cell-Covered Cars Solar-Powered electric vehicle
January 4, 2020
This solar-powered electric vehicle from Aptera is an ultra-efficient transportation solution that aims to eliminate range anxiety and keep drivers going for longer periods. The vehicle features a two-seater design and three-wheeled stance, and boasts a battery pack within that will deliver up to 1,000 miles of range per charge.
Aptera Motors' Solar-Powered EV Offers A 1,000-Mile Range Per Charge - Boiler Magazine
January 2, 2020
In 2005, an executive in Southern California by the name of Steve Fambro was becoming increasingly fed up with driving a gas-guzzler of a car on the region's notoriously congested freeways. After spending countless hours in gridlock day after day, Fambro started brainstorming possible alternatives to traditional transportation options, ultimately leading to the creation of ...
Aptera Solar Charging Vehicle
December 30, 2020
Some of the best innovations come from frustration - in this case, sitting in Southern California's epic traffic snarls. This is what led Steve Fambro to start Aptera, with the goal of a mobility solution that could overcome electric vehicles'...
Solar Power Car Project by Aptera Motors
December 30, 2020
In 2005, an executive in Southern California by the name of Steve Fambro was becoming increasingly fed up with driving a gas-guzzler of a car on the region's notoriously congested freeways. After spending countless hours in gridlock day after day, Fambro started brainstorming possible alternatives to traditional transportation options, ultimately leading to the creation of Aptera Motors and the startup's solar-supplemented electric car.
This Three-Wheeled Trike Boasts a Sub-4-Second 0-60MPH Time & A 1,000-Mile Range
December 27, 2019
Skip to content In 2005, an executive in Southern California by the name of Steve Fambro was becoming increasingly fed up with driving a gas-guzzler of a car on the region's notoriously congested freeways. After spending countless hours in gridlock day after day, Fambro started brainstorming possible alternatives to traditional transportation options, ultimately leading to the creation of Aptera Motors and the startup's solar-supplemented electric car.
Concept Cars of the Future - Solar-Powered 3-Wheel Aptera Never Needs Charging
December 3, 2019
Electric vehicles are the future, with the sole condition that makers work out the issues of the long charging times and the relatively short range available with each charge. Aptera Motors aims to efficiently solve them with a 3-wheel, solar powered vehicle.
The EV You Never Have To Charge - Aptera Motors - Auto Futures
November 18, 2019
Imagine never having to charge your electric vehicle again. Well, a Californian startup has you covered. Aptera Motors was originally founded in 2006 under the name Accelerated Composites, before being liquidated in 2011. However, in 2012, it was bought by Zhejiang Jonway Group, a Chinese auto manufacturer that set up two companies: Zaptera USA to build electric cars and Aptera USA to build gasoline-powered cars.
Ride News Now: November 13, 2019
November 13, 2019
In this episode of Ride News Now with Alison Haislip, Aptera returns with promises of massive range, Mini's EV arrives with a great price, and Bollinger is almost ready to bring its boxy truck to m...
This Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Never Needs to Be Charged
November 1, 2019
Photo: Courtesy of Aptera Motors. California's Aptera Motors has released details of what they are calling the first prototype automobile that will never require charging. Aptera's "Never Charge" system uses solar panels integrated into the car's body that supply a claimed 40 miles of driving per day and up to 11,000 miles per year with no impact on performance.
Aptera's Green Recipe May Break Real Outlaw Speed Records
October 26, 2019
Aptera was big news almost a decade ago, but failed to make it to production. Now, it's back and has bigger plans than ever. Not only does the company plan on building the original vehicle, but it's also aiming for 1,000 miles of range on a charge.
Crowdfunded Aptera super-efficiency EV will use in-wheel motors
October 16, 2019
Aptera, self-proclaimed builder of the world's most efficient passenger vehicle, is partnering with Elaphe Propulsion to bring in-wheel motor technology to its 1,000-mile electric two-seater. If Aptera rings a bell but you can't quite place it, it was a company that was seeking funding to build a hyper-efficient, three-wheel electric car way back in 2009.
EV maker Aptera partners with Elaphe for in-wheel motors
October 15, 2019
Aptera Motors, a start-up building an ultra-efficient EV, has teamed up with Elaphe Propulsion Technologies, a manufacturer of in-wheel motors. Aptera says in-wheel motors offer it advantages that would be impossible to achieve with other propulsion systems, including enhanced aerodynamics, lighter overall vehicle weight and improved handling, all of which result in better mileage and safety.
Electric car finally gets a bit of distance
October 14, 2019
Californian startup Aptera Motors says that it has come up with an electric car that can drive 1,000 miles without a top-up. Like the Reliant Robin, the solar-powered Aptera is a three wheeler but unlike that signature motor it can start without needing a push and it does not look too ugly.
Aptera Claims Three-Wheel EV Can Run on Solar Only with No Plugging In
October 14, 2019
Aptera, a once bankrupt startup that's raising money for a fresh start, is claiming its forthcoming electric three-wheeler can operate on solar power without ever plugging in to charge. Every hour it's parked in the sun generates five miles of range, so Aptera claims 44 miles of range in a day based on solar charging from the summer sun in San Diego.
Aptera partners with Elaphe for in-wheel-motor technology
October 14, 2019
The rebooted Aptera Motors has teamed with Elaphe Propulsion Technologies on a long-range, volume production electric vehicle powered by in-wheel motors. Aptera, initially known as Accelerated Composites, formed in 2005 to bring highly efficient, three-wheeled vehicles to the market (earlier post), went out of business in 2011. Now resurrected, with...
Aptera Coming Back With A $34,000 Aerodynamic Trike, Maybe
October 14, 2019
Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin A name from the distant electric past has returned. Or wants to, at least. Aptera, a company that was on a mission to build its three-wheeled hyper-aerodynamic electric vehicle over a decade ago, is back. The reborn Aptera Motors Corp.
A Californian startup has created an EV that never needs charging
October 7, 2019
An electric car with 1,000 miles of range per cycle and that you never need to plug in to recharge. How does that sound?Impossible? Yeah that was our first thought too, but Californian startup Aptera Motors is adamant that its solar-powered and handily-named Aptera can manage that.
Aptera Likes Solar Generation: Is Now Offering 'Never Charge' Option
October 6, 2019
The evolution of photovoltaic cells will bring significant benefits to personal mobility. Not only by providing a clean source of energy to houses, but also directly to cars. We have already written about Hanergy and its Chinese K-Car, which powers from the sun. It got in touch with us with more news.
5 Cars That Jay Leno Owns That Are Too Cool (And 5 That Are Super Strange)
October 4, 2019
Some of us are content with driving our good ole reliable vehicles, but others have an insatiable appetite for cars and just want to have it all. One of the most notable car collectors on the planet is Jay Leno. He is a successful comedian, writer, and filmmaker.
Is It Worth It To Buy An Electric Car?
October 3, 2019
When considering a new car, there are many factors that go into the final decision to purchase. And once you have found the car that meets your needs and that has all of the features and accessories you want, it then comes down to price and cost of ownership.
Aptera Motors touts an industry first, a no-charge EV
October 3, 2019
Range anxiety will disappear in electric vehicles if Aptera Motors can make good on its latest promise to offer an EV that never needs charging. The San Diego, California-based maker of the self-advertised "world's most efficient passenger vehicles," has introduced Never Charge. It's an integrated solar-charging option that means never having to charge your car again.
Aptera return, Polestar factory, Bollinger progress, Tesla insurance: The Week in Reverse
August 31, 2019
What ingredient for electric-car batteries is currently in a state of oversupply? And which electric-vehicle brand from the past dusted off the mothballs and claimed a 1,000-mile range? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse-right here at Green Car Reports-for the week ending August 30, 2019.
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August 30, 2019
Ten years ago an ultra light-weight, three-wheeled, two-seater car called the Aptera was created, touted as the world's most efficient electric car, but the Californian company ran into trouble had to liquidate. Now its founders have come together again to work on a new Aptera, which they say can achieve a 1,600 km range on ...
Aptera returns, promising a 1,000-mile hyper-aerodynamic EV
August 30, 2019
After two previous efforts to get this incredibly aerodynamic, insanely efficient and wild-looking electric car off the ground, Aptera's founders are back in the saddle and preparing for a third attempt. The company is raising funds for a new model it hopes to launch in 2022 that it claims can...
Exclusive Interview With Chris Anthony: Aptera's CEO
August 30, 2019
Chris Anthony was one of the founders of the original Aptera. He is also one of the executives that want to finally deliver what promises to be the most energy-efficient car in the world.
Aptera Is Back, Baby! New, Improved Electric Car Will Have 1,000 Mile Range
August 29, 2019
Timing is everything. Ten years ago, Aptera said it was going to bring an efficient electric car to market. This was before Tesla burst onto the scene and the idea of driving an electric car was reserved for confirmed risk takers. The fact that the car had only three wheels didn't help either.
View Photos of the Aptera EV
August 29, 2019
The once bankrupt startup restarts, claiming its future EV will go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat.
Aptera Boldly Claims It Can Make a Three-Wheeled EV with 1000 Miles of Range
August 29, 2019
Aptera Motors has revealed its plan to create an electric car with 1000 miles of range. It previously made a prototype called the 2e and went bankrupt, but the three founders have reunited and are fundraising. Aptera CEO Chris Anthony told Car and Driver exclusively that Aptera vehicles will achieve zero-to-60-mph times ranging from 4.5 down to 3.0 seconds.
Tesla's Biggest Competition Yet: 1,000-Mile Range, Two-Seater EV
August 29, 2019
It's probably not going to win any excellence in design awards, but what the new, and as yet unnamed, electric vehicle (EV) from the new Aptera Motors Inc. lacks in looks, it more than makes-up for in range.
Aptera Is Back: Most Efficient EV To Date With 1,000-Mile Range
August 28, 2019
EV fans had a huge blow when Aptera Motors filed for bankruptcy in 2011. After all, it would deliver a car that was able to run 100 miles on a single charge with a really small battery pack. It would have been an incredible feat that could be credited to low weight and a very low drag body.
1,000-mile electric car unveiled: Aptera returns 10 years later
August 28, 2019
What's the minimum necessary range for an electric car? The world's auto industry seems to have settled on 200-plus miles for North America and 250 kilometers (160 miles) or more for European and Asian markets. The longest-range 2019 Tesla, the Model S Long Range, gets an EPA range rating of 370 miles.
Aptera wins breakthrough award from Popular Mechanics
August 26, 2019
Now that we're so close to the end of the year, perhaps it is finally fitting to ask: What's the biggest automotive breakthrough of 2008? Popular Mechanics has done just that, and their choice is the Aptera Typ-1e.
Google's Favorite Car Company
August 26, 2019
Think about the aerodynamics of jet plane, a sailboat and a minivan. When we build things to fly through the air or propel us through the water, we design efficient vehicles. Not so with cars. Aptera, an auto company startup, aims to change that.
1 Gallon of Gas, 100 Miles - $10 Million: The Race to Build the Supergreen Car
August 26, 2019
Aptera's scratch-built car. Photo: Misha Gravenor Standing on the roof of a boxy old Buick, Kevin Smith has a great view of the vast boneyard at Kertow Auto Salvage, outside Taylorville, Illinois. He's here looking for the key to America's super-fuel-efficient future.
25 Movies That Predicted What Future Cars Will Look Like
August 22, 2019
What do box-office hits, cult favorites and a German silent film have in common? They're some of the movies throughout cinematic history that had forward-thinking ideas about what cars of the future would look like and the "weird" technology they would have. We live in an age of being able to watch TV on our phone.
July 9, 2019
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