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Aptera – The Electric Tricycle With A Range Of 1,600 Kilometers Is Back

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Sometimes ideas are ahead of their time. Already in 2008, Chris Anthony, Steve Fambro, and Michael Johnson founded the company Aptera. The goal then was to develop a small electric vehicle with a range of 160 kilometers. In fact, among other things, Google could be won as an investor, and there was already a production-ready prototype. Then, however, failed financing and the company slipped into bankruptcy.

Now – about ten years later – there is a new edition of Aptera. The founders are the same as then. However, the target has changed a lot: this time, an electric car with a range of 1,600 kilometers to be built. Initially, however, about 2.5 million dollars are needed to make three prototypes.

The Two Front Wheels Provide The Drive

Therefore, the founders have turned to the crowd and are currently trying to collect part of the money on the platform “WeFunder.” There you will also find the first data and facts about the planned electric vehicle. The most obvious is the fact that there will only be three wheels. However, the arrangement is precisely the other way around than with a classic tricycle.

The single wheel is thus located on the rear axle, while the two wheels are front each equipped with a wheel hub motor and provide the drive. The driver also sits in a kind of cockpit. The basic design was not inspired by aircraft, but by boat building. Extremely lightweight composite materials are used, which nevertheless ensure enormous stability and protect the driver.

No Electric Car Has Been More Efficient So Far

The lightweight of the vehicle is the first part of the secret behind the long-range. Also, the fact that different sized batteries can be installed. Later, the range of 40 to 100-kilowatt hours (kWh) capacity should be enough. The most massive battery should bring the car then fully charged up to 1,600 kilometers.

Overall, the founders emphasize not only the performance of their development but above all the efficiency: For the vehicle is to ensure consumption of only 6.2 kWh per 100 kilometers. By comparison, Tesla Model 3 is more than twice as high. The first new prototypes will be presented to the public next year. Two years later, the production of 11,250 vehicles per year is planned.

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Globalization Closes The Loop: Chinese Industry Has Started To Go To Cheaper Countries

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Globalization Closes The Loop Chinese Industry Has Started To Go To Cheaper Countries

China’s accession to the World Trade Organization was a point of no return for the global economy. During the following years, thousands of European and American companies would find in the Asian giant an inexhaustible source of cheap workers, stability, and logistics. Chinese economic success is largely explained by “outsourcing”, by attracting Western industries.

Now, globalization has closed the loop. China has begun to suffer the same effect.

Myanmar- The Financial Times tells it in this article: Some Chinese automakers are opening production plants in Myanmar. The country, traditionally dominated by the Japanese industry, experiences a renewed appetite for vehicles. In recent years, sales have increased fivefold. China wants to get a piece of the cake. And the best way to get it is by manufacturing there.

Transfer. Traditionally, Myanmar had imported parts made in China and other Asian countries and then assembled the cars at national plants. In recent years, brands such as The Shining Star Group (including the popular Changhe Q35 SUV) have opened factories to produce vehicles (in their entirety. One of them, in Mandalay, opened in August last year and aims to produce 5,000 annual cars.

Why? Cost and efficiency. Myanmar is poorer than in China, and its workers are paid less. Burmese consumers want access to versatile, functional, and cheap cars, unconcerned about the value of the most recognized Japanese brands; and they don’t want to pay the premium for importing foreign cars. One plus one, two: China finds it more profitable to make them abroad than to distribute the pieces from its plants.

Flashy- Nothing that has not happened in the last twenty years in other countries. What is unique here is the reversal of roles: until now, China has detracted from industry to other countries thanks to its low wages (it makes 30% of the cars); now the opposite has begun to happen. The country’s great competitive advantage, the cost that allowed it to fill the planet with “Made in China” products, is fading.

The future is more like “Made in Myanmar”.

Other countries. Or to Vietnam. Or to Indonesia. Or even to Mexico. They are three of the countries that are receiving the delocalized industry from China, focused on a conversion towards added value. Africa is also benefiting. A Chinese worker charges around € 500 a month; an Ethiopian, recipient of Chinese production, about € 30. Circumstance spread across the continent, where China has woven extensive relationships.

Including the USA- The circle has been completed to such an extent that some Chinese plants have landed in the United States, whose current president, Donald Trump, has for years accused China of “stealing” its industry. The most paradigmatic case is Fuyao, a manufacturer of automobile windows, the owner of a plant in Ohio, and the protagonist of the documentary American Factory. There are other examples, like Keer or the failed attempt at Tranlin Paper.

As they explain here, in this case, it is not about lower wages, but about efficiency and logistics: producing in China is still cheaper in terms of wages (although less and less every day), but there are associated costs (distribution, shipping, inventories, etc.) that balance the balance.

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Tesla Factory Forced To Close Due To Coronavirus

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Electric car manufacturing does not seem to be an essential service in the period of the pandemic in which we live. However, those responsible for Tesla’s factory, located in Fremont, California, do not seem to agree with the idea.

Alameda County officials do not regard the factory as an “essential service”. For this reason, they ordered it to be closed to help fight the spread of the new coronavirus.

However, they say the company can maintain “minimal basic operations”, as described in the Alameda County Health Order that provides, in addition to closing “non-essential” businesses, protection measures for local citizens.

The decision contradicts the opinion of Tesla’s head of human resources, Valerie Workman. She would have written in an email, sent to employees, that the company is considered an “essential business”, so it would be exempt from the closing order. “People need access to transportation and energy, and we are essential to provide them, “Workman wrote in the message.

In an internal memo, the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, underestimated the pandemic. He said the risk of death from coronavirus is “much less than the risk of driving your car home”. The businessman also said that employees who feel bad or uncomfortable could stay at home. However, it is not clear whether the company will offer paid leave to these professionals.

The billionaire’s speech goes against all the recommendations of public health experts in the world. The demand for social isolation and constant hand washing is unanimous.

Also, it is recommended that people leave their homes only to perform essential activities, such as buying food or going to the doctor.

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The Apex AP-0 is A 650HP “Featherweight” Electric Supercar With A Formula 1 Inspired Design

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The Apex AP-0 is A 650HP "Featherweight" Electric Supercar With A Formula 1 Inspired Design

In mid-February, we had the first news about the Apex AP-0, a “featherweight” electric supercar with a good number of horses. Apart from the name and its weight, no details were known about it, something that has just changed, as the manufacturer itself revealed its characteristics.

Based on this information, we know that the Apex will not compete in potential with hyper sports proposals such as the Lotus Evija, but will be a commitment to the design and philosophy of major competitions, such as Formula 1 or Le Mans.

650 horsepower under the pedal and carbon fiber wherever you look

The Apex AP-0 is A 650HP “Featherweight” Electric Supercar With A Formula 1 Inspired Design

The characteristics of the AP-0 Concept have been revealed by the company itself, detailing its main points. The first and most striking is the presence of carbon fiber, used at the chassis level to improve rigidity.

According to the company, the design has been inspired by the technologies of Formula 1 and Le Mans to achieve the purpose of every sports car: to manipulate the flow of air in its favour.

The design lines of the Apex AP-0 have been thought in search of the maximum aerodynamics, avoiding the use of excessive spoilers
The design lines of this Apex draw attention at first sight, especially at the rear, with a large cross of LEDs that act not only at the level of lighting but as the brand’s logo.

The Apex AP-0 is A 650HP “Featherweight” Electric Supercar With A Formula 1 Inspired Design

At the specification level, we find an engine capable of generating up to 650 horsepower, thanks to a 90 kWh battery. As for power, it does not intend to compete with proposals such as the Lotus Evija with 2,000 horses and, later, we will see that it does not mean to be a price rival here either.

Formula “Lotus” (combustion) for this Apex: reduce weight to the maximum and achieve, without excessive horsepower, a record acceleration

However, one point to highlight of the AP-0: its weight of 1,200 kilos. Thanks to its power-to-weight ratio, the company promises a 0 to 96 km / h in 2.3 seconds and a top speed of 305 km / h, hypercar figures even though the power is not immense. Regarding autonomy, more than 500 kilometers are protected (in quiet driving) according to the WLTP cycle, being able to recharge up to 80% in 15 minutes with a fast charger.

The interior of the vehicle has been thought to be inspired by F1. After unfolding its seagull wings, we find a single-seat, embedded in an interior made of carbon fiber, aluminium and leather. The instrument panel has three screens and, as a curiosity, the car can project different circuits in augmented reality, to “run on them” with the car stationary.

In the same way, this Apex has autonomous level 3 driving, automatic braking system, lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control, among others. It is priced at $ 195,000 for the US market and is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2022.

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