Did you know that on August 31, 1955, a man named William G. Cobb demonstrated his 15-inch long “Sunmobile”? At the time, it was the world’s first solar-powered automobile, according to History Channel. Cobb was, at the time, working at the General Motors Corp.
“Cobb’s Sunmobile introduced, however briefly, the field of photovoltaics – the process by which the sun’s rays are converted into electricity when exposed to certain surfaces – into the gasoline-drenched auto industry.” And minds were blown, to say the least. According to The Washington Post, “Sunmobile” held 12 selenium solar cells at the time; they decorated the car’s exterior and produced less horsepower than, well, a horse itself.
Years passed, Sarah Kaplan and Aaron Steckelberg say, and the ultimate dream of allowing cars to run on solar energy evolved. What was to be dreamed up next?
A buggy, of course, decorated in solar panels. Some said back then that the next vehicle in line to receive a solar upgrade was nothing more than a “glorified bike”. However, according to our sources, it was a race car that indeed crossed the Mojave Desert at lightning speed – at 51 miles per hour.
Solar-powered cars were getting speedier and pricier.
It’s clearly been humanity’s dream – since the ‘50s – to drive cars that not only looked sleek and futuristic, but also saved the planet from harm and strife. And solar energy was the way out.
But, of course, like most things, that dream didn’t come without complications. The opposite of daytime if night fall. The opposite of a sunny day is a rainy one. “The laws of physics limit how efficiently solar panels can turn light into energy,” Sarah Kaplan and Aaron Steckelberg state.
Now, all these decades later, we’re one step closer to proclaiming that solar transportation will be the way of the land sooner than we think. And the founders of the quintessential dream car say that the solar mobile can be available for a whopping $26,000.00.
You read that correctly.
We’d like to introduce to you Aptera Motors. It’s a company on the west coast whose name, according to our sources, comes from the ancient Greek word for “wingless”. And the super car will be released, yes, you guessed it, in 2021.
“It’s a three-wheel, ultra-aerodynamic electric vehicle covered in 34 square feet of solar cells,” says The Washington Post.