Frequently Asked Questions

General

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.

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, but we have an EU homologation and certification expert working with us and we may investigate minor model changes to meet earliest production deliveries. Please follow our social media handles @aptera_motors for updates.

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. Efficient transportation is crucial to managing our natural resources. Aptera makes better use of materials in construction, therefore saving precious resources and lessening our overall impact on the planet and each other.

What is Aptera made of?

Carbon, kevlar, and hemp. Sandwich core composites provide great strength.

How big is Aptera?

Aptera is 172″ long, 88” wide and 57” high. Aptera has 25 cubic feet of luggage capacity. Here’s a video about Aptera’s dimensions.

Is Aptera safe?

We will not know Aptera’s actual rating until we pass a production vehicle through the full safety test. But we are designing to exceed all passenger car standards and the previous version had the highest roof crush strength of all passenger cars on the road, and it performed exceedingly well in actual side and frontal crash tests. Aptera features a Formula One-inspired safety cell with advanced composites and metal structures for impact strength. Similar to aerospace and racing, these energy-absorbing methods are a core part of our safety strategy and have proven effective time and time again in high speed impacts.

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.

Does Aptera qualify for a Federal Tax Credit?

There were considerable federal tax credits in place at the federal level for 3 wheeled EVs but they ended in 2017. We are working hard to get them reinstated and to expand some programs to vehicles that get 100+ and 200+ MPGe, which we would more than qualify for. But for now, you should check your state EV incentives and see if they stretch to 3-wheelers and watch out for new federal programs that come to reality. 

Will there be cupholders in the vehicle?

There will be at least two, probably on the center console.

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, WY, NY, 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 can I contact customer service?

To contact customer service about the status of your reservation, email info@aptera.us or visit the Contact page on our website.

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

Preorders

How can I make a pre-order reservation for Aptera?

You can make a pre-order reservation at www.aptera.us.

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.

What are my financing and delivery options?

We will contact customers who have preorder reservations for Aptera with more information about financing and shipping options once production is underway. You can find out an estimate of current timing in your Aptera member portal along with configuration information for your vehicle.

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?

Aptera is working to have our production-intent vehicle design finalized by the end of 2021. The first vehicles delivered will be our Paradigm editions, starting with our 400 mile, FWD version. From there, we will look to scale production to a rate of 10,000 vehicles a year by the end of 2022.

How many vehicles have been built?

We’ve completed three Alpha vehicles, Noir, Sol and Luna. We are currently finalizing development of our Beta vehicles, with a goal of having a production intent vehicle design by the end of 2021. We plan to scale production and begin deliveries of our first Paradigm edition vehicles in early 2022.

Take a cruise on the 101 with our latest Alpha vehicle, Sol, channeling the sun and its power to set Aptera owners free. We’ll be unveiling our third and final Alpha, Luna, up ahead very soon.

Where can I see an Aptera?

Thanks! Our engineers are working hard to bring our Solar Electric “dream machine” to market as quickly as possible, so we aren’t offering public tours at this time.

Please keep an eye out for updates on our social media channels and the website.  In the meantime, you can join our co-founder Steve Fambro on a walk around of our latest Alpha vehicle, Sol. 

 

Company

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 four 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.

If you invested during our fundraising campaign on Wefunder and have questions, please email support@wefunder.com or visit https://wefunder.com.

If you invested in Aptera during our most recent round and you have questions, you can reach us by phone at 253-300-0383, by email at invest@aptera.us, or by live chat at https://portal.aptera.us/

For information on current opportunities to invest in Aptera, you can visit https://invest.aptera.us.

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. Please send your resume and cover letter to us at info@aptera.us or visit the Contact page on our website.

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 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?

Working with partners such as Munro & Associates, our first initiatives include the layout of the assembly line and overall manufacturing process, including productionization of metal parts, interior systems, and HVAC. Their expertise will be critical to help Aptera scale and reach its goal of a production-intent vehicle design finalized by the end of 2021. We aim to scale production and begin delivering vehicles in early 2022.

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.

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.

 

How many vehicles have been built?

We’ve completed three Alpha vehicles, Noir, Sol and Luna. We are currently finalizing development of our Beta vehicles, with a goal of having a production intent vehicle design by the end of 2021. We plan to scale production and begin deliveries of our first Paradigm edition vehicles in early 2022.

Take a cruise on the 101 with our latest Alpha vehicle, Sol, channeling the sun and its power to set Aptera owners free. We’ll be unveiling our third and final Alpha, Luna, up ahead very soon.

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?

There were considerable federal tax credits in place at the federal level for 3 wheeled EVs but they ended in 2017. We are working hard to get them reinstated and to expand some programs to vehicles that get 100+ and 200+ MPGe, which we would more than qualify for. But for now, you should check your state EV incentives and see if they stretch to 3-wheelers and watch out for new federal programs that come to reality. 

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?

To contact customer service about the status of your reservation, email info@aptera.us or visit the Contact page on our website.

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 an Aptera?

Thanks! Our engineers are working hard to bring our Solar Electric “dream machine” to market as quickly as possible, so we aren’t offering public tours at this time.

Please keep an eye out for updates on our social media channels and the website.  In the meantime, you can join our co-founder Steve Fambro on a walk around of our latest Alpha vehicle, Sol. 

 

Technology

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.

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?

Aptera can be charged and travel up to 1,000 miles in range by plugging into a standard 100 V or 220 V outlet. Aptera will also be compatible with CCS, J1772, Level 2 and CHAdeMO/ DC Fast Charge stations. We believe Tesla has some of the best EV technology in the industry and we hope to partner with them as well in the future. 

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://www.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?

They’d need a LOT more solar cells (like a 20’ billboard size) to do the job. But, because Aptera is so efficient we don’t need so many cells. It’s a great example of the engineering karma of an efficiency focused design. We use a lot less power to drive, so it takes a lot less power to charge, so much so that an efficient solar panel covering just the top of our vehicle can provide for the driving needs of most Americans.

How can Aptera get 40 miles of solar charge per day?

Depending on where you live and how your vehicle is configured, some drivers can get over 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.

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.

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.

 

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?

Yes, we plan to make a Tow package available 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 get?

Aptera gets 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.

How stable is Aptera?

Our advanced aerodynamics has some real benefits. We have 110  MPH crosswind stability, while most flat sided cars start moving at 80 to 90 MPH. In addition to that, you barely feel semi trucks as you just slip through their turbulence. For people concerned about stability at high speeds; downforce on the rear of the vehicle is about 25 pounds at 65 MPH.

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. 

What level of autonomy will ship with the first vehicles?

We are looking to have level 2 available with the first vehicles and grow the features available from there. 

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.

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 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.

Can the unit be fitted with a trailer hitch receiver to install a bike rack?

Yes.

Performance

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 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. We are designing specifically for a lot of the cold countries that love electric vehicles. The Aptera will have a full climate control system capable down to -20 and up to 125 degrees Fahrenheit. With our sandwich core composites body offering great insulation and a nice heater, it’s very comfortable to drive in the winter.

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 air conditioning?

It does, and it 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.

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?

There will be at least two, probably on the center console.

Will a tow package be available?

Yes, we plan to make a Tow package available in the future. We envision Aptera could tow a small lightweight trailer for camping, maybe even adding some extra solar capability.

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 roll down the windows?

Yes.

Efficiency

How efficient is Aptera?

Watch this video to see efficiency explained.

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.

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.

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.

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.