Aptera’s 1,000-mile solar EV is closer to reality than ever, thanks to the interest of investors and drivers.
The San Diego-based, intriguing, battery-powered intriguing tricycle Paradigm recently announced that it has accepted $ 4 million during its Series A funding round. While that may not be much money for some carmakers, it’s still again brings the company closer to production, which should start later this year.
After the funding round, Aptera says it is now backed by funding crowds, private investors and automotive leaders, including Sandy Munro of Munro & Associates, Inc. said in a statement. “I’m glad to be helping Aptera as they move into production and beyond.”
But the company does not only see interest from investors. The same press release reveals that the company has amassed more than 7,000 bookings for the standard Paradigm (starting at $ 29,900) and the best Paradigm Plus ($ 46,900) since EV made its official public debut in December. Although a breakdown of the models was not disclosed, the company said pre-orders amounted to more than $ 250 million.
It’s easy to see why people are so intrigued by the futuristic trick. Although there is only room for two, the EV looks like something out of the ordinary Jetsons and is powered by a battery setting that makes the Tesla Model S Long Range Plus and Lucid Air look inefficient. The combination of a 100 kWh battery and integrated solar panels will allow the Paradigm Plus to travel up to 1000 miles on a single charge. Even better, the vehicle can travel up to 45 miles a day (and 11,000 miles a year) on solar power alone, so you won’t even have to worry about charging it for a few days.
Aptera also announced that it has moved to a new production facility in the Sorrento Valley neighborhood of San Diego. Here, production of Paradigm and Paradigm Plus should start later this year. The startup hopes to have 10,000 examples on its way by next year. You can book yours now through the Aptera website