Aptera details, Lightyear 0, Tesla heat pump, luxury EV leases: Today’s Car News

Lucid is using federal funding to offer one of many anticipated luxury EV leases. Aptera details the first three-wheeled solar EV with a range of up to 1,000 miles. Tesla claims heat pumps are better. And Lightyear skips into the future at the starting line in a solar car. All this and more can be found here at Green Car Reports.

The Aptera Launch Edition solar EV, whose details were announced on Friday, offers 400 miles of range on battery power and potentially up to 40 miles per day from the sun.

Federal EV tax credit rules granted by last year’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) now allow up to $7,500 in deductions for companies that lease EVs, regardless of the price cap. This is already beginning to controversially lead to luxury EV leasing with government subsidies that also apply to imported luxury EVs.

Lightyear announced this morning that it has halted production of the Lightyear 0 Solar EV due to financial difficulties. Instead, the company says it’s leaning toward the mass-produced Lightyear 2.

EV range in cold weather can be a problem, but heat pumps are part of the solution. Tesla last week detailed what sets its unit apart from other products, going so far as to claim that its design works well in very cold weather, where other products don’t suffice.


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