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Sci-fi style ‘electric vehicle’ is powered by the Sun – and has 1,000-mile range

AN ELECTRIC car company has unveiled a new vehicle which harnesses solar energy.

The car may even be enough to give Tesla owner Elon Musk a run for his money.


The car can accelerate from 0mph to 60mph in 3.5 seconds, the company has claimedCredit: aptera

Californian company Aptera claims its £27k vehicle can drive months without having to charge.

It remedies one of the biggest hang-ups associated with having a vehicle which doesn’t rely on fossil fuels.

Many potential buyers are put off over fears of running out of charge part way through a journey.

The company has said the vehicle, it’s first ever edition which launched this month, can drive up to 1,000 miles per charge.

The car can also travel up to 40 miles a day on the power of the sun alone.

Engineers built solar panels into the structure of the car to make it even more energy efficient.

The company was inspired by fighter jets and race cars, and is made using artificial intelligence (AI) and 3D printing – lending to its sci-fi style.

The car can accelerate from 0mph to 60mph in 3.5 seconds, the company has claimed.

“We’re harnessing the power of the sun to make life off the grid a reality for everyone,” the company said on its website.

“Our unique shape allows Aptera to slip through the air using 30% of the energy compared to other electric and hybrid vehicles on the road today.”

The company promises buyers that they can cut their carbon footprint by over 14,000 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year.

The company is yet to fully take off, having set aside its first 2,000 vehicles for investors.

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