Charging stations operators will combat this vehicle concept, as it would mean a huge loss of earnings if more ultra-light vehicles populated our streets. But solar cars should also be included in urban planning. But the spread of solar carports in parking lots is not yet big enough to think about it.
The Aptera has a CW value of 0.15 Cd and an end face of only 1.4 m² with a weight of only approx. 820 kg. In terms of arithmetic, it uses about 4.3 kWh per 100 km.
The built-in photovoltaic cells should deliver 4.4 kWh per day and thus enable everyday operation without ever having to go to the expensive charging point. In the 105 kWh battery version, the manufacturer can also speak of a stop and go traffic, justifiably with a range of 1600 kilometers, in contrast to the Tesla Model 3 – four times more range until this aircraft cockpit-like vehicle has to be connected to the socket.
Another consideration is whether, depending on the parking space, it pays to mount photovoltaic cells on an electric car. Here a total cost of ownership calculator for a roof-mounted photovoltaic range extender or watt to kilometer calculator can help. The variables are of course varied here and it is questionable whether such laminates are not yet too expensive.
The Aptera has a CW Value of 0,15 Cd und eine front surface of only 1,4 m² and weight of only 820 kg.
Is a Vehicle Integrated Photovoltiac(VIPV) feasable for me?