Picking Up Speed, Aptera’s motor is born.



It’s been a whirlwind few days at Aptera with a visit from Jan Žagar at Elaphe. For those of you who aren’t familiar, this innovative company manufactures our in-wheel motors. Shown below with new team members Jesse Wood, Karl Schaffner, Matt Bockman and co-CEO Steve Fambro, Jan’s goal was to help us achieve optimum drivability. One of the most advanced technologies on the market, Elaphe’s lightweight and efficient powertrains open up game-changing possibilities. Collaborating with Elaphe has been pivotal to reaching the record-breaking speeds that Aptera vehicles are capable of.


Next steps involve an exciting journey to Slovenia (later this year), where Elaphe’s team will help to test one of Aptera’s vehicles on a low mu track. Elaphe’s facility provides optimal conditions for low-coefficient testing. This round of tests will be dedicated to regenerative breaking and traction control.


There are many steps involved in taking a sEV from ideation to production, and we hope you enjoy getting an insider’s look on the process. Would you be interested in seeing footage or images from the testing site in Slovenia?


In Case You Missed It

Just what makes Elaphe propulsion technologies so unique? Our latest Tech Demo featured Aptera’s founders in a conversational webinar with Elaphe CEO Gorazd Lampič and CTO Gorazd Gotovac. After meeting over a decade ago, these fellow EV innovators and collaborators took dozens of live technical questions and had an engaging dialogue on topics ranging from torque to torture testing.

Stay tuned for more updates soon!

The Aptera Team

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