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World's First 'Never Charge' Electric Car Sells Out In 24 Hours

World's First 'Never Charge' Electric Car Sells Out In 24 Hours

The first electric car that never needs to be charged has sold out just 24 hours after going on sale.

According to Aptera, the California-based company behind the solar-powered motor, the vehicle costs just $26,000 (£19,661), and never needs to be actively charged up by its owner.

It also has a range of 1,000 miles, meaning it's more than capable of getting people from A to B with no problem.

But with it being almost too good to believe, people flocked to purchase their own three-wheeler, and stock went in just a day.

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In a tweet, the manufacturer said: "BIG NEWS! Preorders for the limited edition Paradigm and Paradigm+ models have officially SOLD OUT in less than 24 hours. Cheers to those who made our launch such an amazing success."

However, they added that customers can still reserve a bespoke model, which they can design themselves.

Describing the benefits of the car, the website says: "Aptera leverages breakthroughs in lightweight structures, low-drag aerodynamics and cooling, material science and manufacturing processes to deliver the most efficient vehicle ever made available to consumers.

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"Aptera's Never Charge is built into every vehicle and is designed to harvest enough sunlight to travel over 11,000 miles per year in most regions."

However, despite being ahead of the game in many aspects, the car doesn't come without its own drawbacks.

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For example, the solar panels only have the capability of absorbing enough energy for 40 miles per day, and it needs very sunny weather for it to reach that.

The new car sold out in 24 hours. Credit: Aptera
The new car sold out in 24 hours. Credit: Aptera
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Having said that, the company's co-founder pointed out that this would still be more than enough for the average road user.

Steve Fambro said: "Forty miles doesn't sound like a lot but it's the equivalent of parking your car and having it magically fill up with two gallons of gas overnight.

"So the fact that you can park it at work or wherever and go back to it with more energy in the tank than when you left it - have it charge itself without having to pay a dime to drive it every day.

"That's the kind of freedom I think a lot of people would love."

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But if that just isn't enough juice from the squeeze for you, there is also the option of manually charging the car, from which an overnight charge will give you an extra 150 miles.

With the world gradually moving away from fossil fuels and increasingly towards sustainable methods of power, the petrol car is becoming a thing of the past.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the UK government would ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled his 10-point plan to combat climate change, which includes a ban on the sale of diesel and petrol cars by 2030 - a decade sooner than the original date of 2040.

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Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]