The Importance of Efficiency in Transportation

We live in a world in constant motion, in a society that continuously advances and evolves as time moves forward. We exist in an era of artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, and autonomous vehicles. In many ways, our technology has accomplished what was once deemed impossible.

However, even with the technological advancements made, most vehicles on the road today have followed the same aesthetic formula for decades: Four wheels and a boxy shape. And in 2022, we now find ourselves faced with a consequential issue: Transportation accounts for 29% of the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions, with mobility being the top contributor to our daily carbon footprint. The electric vehicle industry demonstrates a step forward in the right direction, but 80% of the grid in the U.S. remains powered by nonrenewable energy sources. We know that electricity still generates waste, so we cannot settle for EVs that must rely on the grid. It is time to make a change, depend less on the grid, and take more tremendous strides toward a greener future.

Mobility is defined as “the ability or tendency to move from one position or situation to another, usually better one.” It is at the forefront of our fast-paced society, with the typical American driver averaging about 12,000 miles per year. With transportation being such a substantial part of our lives, it is crucial to remember that it has a significant impact on the health of our planet. In the U.S., the typical gas-powered vehicle releases about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year. To improve our relationship with the Earth and to find an eco-friendlier way to get from point A to point B, we must redefine mobility and reinvent what a vehicle looks like today.

This is where efficiency comes in.

Because of their shape and design, most vehicles on the road today waste 65% or more of their energy at highway speeds by pushing air out of the way. Suppose you dismantle the status quo by implementing efficiency as one of the main principles of design from the start. In that case, you will redefine what a vehicle looks like by dramatically cutting weight and aerodynamics in passenger vehicles.

At Aptera Motors, we are doing just that: Creating a new way to move through the world. Through bleeding-edge engineering, we are shifting the paradigm to one that is built on renewable energy sources. The result of our endless pursuit of efficiency is Aptera, an extremely aerodynamic vehicle with a record-breaking drag coefficient of .13 and an integrated solar package that provides up to 40 miles of free driving per day. By reinventing and redesigning mobility in the name of efficiency, we can maximize the amount of energy received from renewable energy sources, like the sun. That is solar mobility in a nutshell.

A world running on solar mobility can utilize free energy from the sun to travel millions of miles, saving millions of gallons of gasoline and preventing millions of pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. For example, each Aptera owner can reduce their carbon footprint by over 9,800 pounds of CO2 per year. And with less reliance on the grid, we can also reduce our electric pollution footprint. By creating more efficient and lightweight vehicles, we can do more, with less. The amount of energy it takes for the average EV to move would take Aptera 3 times as far.

Source: Aptera Motors Corp.

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