Aptera, a solar electric vehicle manufacturer based in Carlsbad, California, has partnered with the C.P.C. Group from Italy to produce composite bodies for its upcoming solar electric vehicle, the BinC. The agreement will see the vehicles’ bodies manufactured in Modena, Italy, an area known for its history in supercar and motorcycle production. The BinC, which stands for “Body in Carbon,” is designed to be highly efficient, requiring no charging for most daily use and capable of traveling up to 1,000 miles on a full charge.

The vehicle’s body will be made primarily from carbon fiber sheet molding compound (CF-SMC) and glass SMC, which are lightweight and strong materials that facilitate the production of complex shapes. This construction method not only contributes to the vehicle’s low CO2 lifecycle but also allows for faster production times. The body of the BinC consists of only six main parts, aligning with Aptera’s commitment to simplicity, safety, and sustainability.

C.P.C. Group, a company with a history dating back to 1959, has evolved from producing handmade models to becoming a provider of specialized composite solutions for various prestigious automotive brands. The partnership with Aptera allows C.P.C. to be part of the innovative shift in vehicle manufacturing. Aptera has already received over 37,000 reservations for its vehicles and plans to start deliveries in 2023, with an eventual goal of producing 40 vehicles per day at its assembly location in California.

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