Dec 12, 2020

A startup opened orders for a $26,000 solar-powered EV that it claims never needs charging. The first batch sold out in 24 hours

Founded in 2005, Aptera was a hot name in the EV space for years — impressing Jay Leno during a test ride and eventually taking thousands of orders for its highly efficient three-wheeler — but it ran out of money and closed up shop in 2011.

Now the company is back with a solar-powered vehicle that it claims most drivers will never need to charge. 

Aptera opened preorders for its new EV on Friday, sharing details and pricing of the futuristic three-wheeler along with some ambitious promises about its performance. The company claims to have built the longest-range EV ever made available to the public, and is selling it for far less than the price of a Tesla Model S.

Not to mention, according to Aptera, it's all happening quite soon. The company plans to start production and deliver the first vehicles next year. 

The first round of 330 vehicles — special-edition models called the Paradigm and Paradigm Plus — sold out in under 24 hours, but prospective buyers can still configure their own Aptera for a $100 refundable deposit. 

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