Frequently Asked Questions
Aptera is in the Beta phase of our vehicle development process, which means we are still running simulations, conducting tests and updating designs in preparation for production. Information on this FAQ is subject to change as we evolve to our final production vehicle.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 efficient is Aptera?
Watch this video to see efficiency explained.