First Mass-Produced Solar Power Car Is Rolling Out In 2021

Aptera Motors is reportedly gearing up to roll out the first mass-produced solar car by the end of the year. The car will retail for as low as $25,900, making it an affordable option compared to other vehicles on the market. There are still roadblocks before the car becomes available, as distribution can't begin until safety tests are conducted and passed. The car is considered an ultra-aerodynamic electric vehicle and moves on three wheels, which takes away a potential loss of energy, but also prevents users from collecting a federal tax credit. The car is covered by 34 square feet of solar cells, which can take the car around 40 miles on a day with clear skies. It’s also four times more efficient than the average vehicle and 13 times more efficient than a gas-powered pickup truck. Ultra-light carbon composites and fiberglass make up the frame of the car, which can be partially created with a 3D printer. The car is able to go from 0 to 60mph in just 3.5 seconds, with top speeds of 110mph. For daily use, the car is not expected to need any charging, making it the first such vehicle on the market. The vehicle is equipped with a battery pack that provides up to 1,000 miles of range, much greater than the Tesla Model S’s 370 miles of range.