Aptera Motors

Growth Stage

The world's first Never Charge solar vehicle!

Analytics

Raised to Date: Raised: $45,819,714

Aggregate Commitments $

Platform

Dalmore Group

Start Date

05/20/2021

Close Date

08/31/2022

Min. Goal

$1,000

Max. Goal

$50,000,000

Min. Investment

$1,000

Security Type

Equity - Common

Funding Type

RegA+

Series

Series A

Price Per Share

$3.80

Pre-Money Valuation

$200,000,000

Rolling Commitments $

Status

Active

Reporting Date

08/09/2022

Days Remaining

22

% of Min. Goal

4,581,971%

% of Max. Goal

92%

Likelihood of Max
unlikely
Avg. Daily Raise

$102,735

Momentum
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Location

San Diego, California

Industry

Transportation, Automotive, Aviation, & Aerospace

Tech Sector

Cleantech

Distribution Model

B2C

Margin

Medium

Capital Intensity

High

Business Type

Growth

Aptera Motors, an automobile manufacturing company, is raising funds independently through Reg A+ crowdfunding. The company is making electric vehicles with higher energy efficiency, better manufacturing efficiency, and lower costs. Chris Anthony founded Aptera Motors in 2019. The current crowdfunding round has no minimum target and a maximum target of $50,000,000. The raise proceeds will be used towards development and design, production and equipment, and general and administrative expenses. Aptera Motors already has over $350 million in pre-orders, with 10,000 people already reserved a vehicle. The company is entering the growing electric vehicles market and aims to earn a significant portion of the growth.

Balance Sheet

Cash and Cash Equivalents

$653,771

Investment Securities

$0

Accounts and Notes Receivable

$0

Property, Plant and Equipment (PP&E)

$6,515

Total Assets

$1,201,072

Accounts Payable & Accrued Liabilities

$131,919

Long Term Debt

$0

Total Liabilities

$2,214,442

Total Stockholders' Equity

$-1,013,370

Total Liabilities and Equity

$1,201,072

Statement of Comprehensive Income Information

Total Revenues

$0

Costs & Expenses Applicable to Rev

$0

Depreciation and Amortization

$1,840

Net Income

$-4,188,983

Earnings Per Share - Basic

$-0.09

Earnings Per Share - Diluted

$-0.09

Auditor: dbbMcKennon
Financials as of: 05/20/2021
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Raise History

Offering Name Close Date Platform Valuation/Cap Total Raised Security Type Status Reg Type
Aptera Motors 08/31/2022 Dalmore Group $200,000,000 $45,819,714 Equity - Common Active RegA+
Aptera Motors 12/20/2020 Wefunder $40,000,000 $1,070,000 SAFE Funded RegCF
Aptera Motors 03/31/2020 Wefunder $20,000,000 $561,080 SAFE Funded RegCF
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Synopsis

As climate change continues to worsen, it’s clear that consumer habits need to change. Buying electric vehicles is one increasingly popular environmentally conscious decision. However, electric vehicle technology has its limitations. One of the biggest limitations is that many electric vehicles have a more limited range than gas-fueled vehicles. 

One company challenging this paradigm is Aptera Motors. Aptera is developing a solar-powered car that can allegedly achieve a more than 1,000-mile range. To cut costs and avoid many of the regulations associated with traditional passenger vehicles, the company has designed its vehicle to have only three wheels. Legally speaking, this makes it closer to a motorcycle than a car. Much of the product is also constructed using 3D printing methods. This helps to reduce the complexity and cost of manufacturing while speeding up the manufacturing process.

In addition to its improved range, the technology supports a SafetyPilot feature that provides for Level 2 autonomy. The vehicle also has other features, including air conditioning, a 15-inch touch screen display, and the option for all-wheel drive.

Aptera Motors’ current raise has been rated a Neutral Deal by the KingsCrowd investment team.

Price

Aptera Motors is currently raising at a pre-money valuation of $200 million. Even for a hardware technology company, this is massively overvalued. Aptera has yet to generate any revenue, which makes this valuation impossible to justify.

Market

The electric vehicle market is one of the fastest-growing subsectors of the vehicle market. However, the precise size is up for debate. One source pegs the electric vehicle industry at around $44 billion in 2021. It predicts the market will continue growing at a rate of 33.6% per annum, climbing to $2.5 trillion by 2027. At that point, there would be an estimated 233.9 million units on the road. 

Other sources estimate the industry to be smaller but still growing rapidly. GlobeNewswire estimates that the global market for electric vehicles was worth $140 billion in 2019. It estimates an annualized growth rate of 22% that will take the industry to $700 billion by 2026. In the North American market specifically, the industry is estimated to be worth about $12.8 billion, a fraction of the global share. However, it should grow at a rate of 37.2% per annum, climbing to $117 billion by 2028.

Team

Aptera Motors has three founders, two of whom are co-CEOs: CEO Steve Fambro, CEO Chris Anthony and co-founder Michael Johnson. Investors should note that Fambro and Anthony first founded Aptera in 2006 and served as chief executives until about 2010, but failed to get the financial support they needed to keep the company alive. In 2008, The Department of Energy (DOE) rejected Aptera’s application for the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program — the same program that awarded Tesla millions of dollars in funding. In 2011, Aptera shifted its focus from a three-wheeled electric vehicle to build a four-door electric sedan that it thought had a better chance of winning DOE approval. The DOE issued a conditional commitment letter to loan $150 million to Aptera if the company raised $80 million privately. But investors were spooked by similar automotive startups getting rejected by the DOE. So the company folded at the end of 2011 and sold off all its assets. Anthony and Fambro resurrected Aptera in 2019 with a new focus on solar electric power and efficiency.

After Aptera’s shutdown, Fambro founded Famgro LLC and served as its CEO until 2015. From 2015 to 2017, Fambro was a venture partner and COO of the agricultural technology group at Ocean Holding. At Ocean Holding, he focused on building the first USDA organic vertical farm in the United Arab Emirates. He also worked on developing export markets for produce in both Hong Kong and Singapore. From 2017 to 2020, Fambro worked at Flux Power, an advanced energy storage technology company. 

Prior to Aptera’s relaunch in 2019, Anthony was the founder and chairman of Flux Power. Before that, he was the founder and research and development advisor for Epic Boats. 

Johnson founded Flux Power and still serves on its board of directors today. Previously, he also served as the founder and CEO of Esenjay Petroleum Corp.

Investors should also note that Flux Power has since gone public and is listed on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol FLUX. This is a massive accomplishment that demonstrates that all three co-founders have impressive entrepreneurial expertise. Flux’s focus on lithium-ion energy storage solutions for trucks and other equipment also contributes to the industry expertise of the founders. According to LinkedIn, Aptera has 47 total employees, including finance and marketing professionals that fill out the key team.

Differentiators

Aptera is not the only three-wheeled electric vehicle on the market. The Electra Meccanica SOLO and Daymak Spiritus are both competitors. Aptera has two main differentiators. First is its “never charge” solar package, which allows for more than 40 miles of travel before the vehicle requires a charge. Second is the company’s claim that its vehicle can travel up to 1,000 miles by relying on its battery. The 1,000 mile range is drastically higher than other electric vehicles on the market (including Tesla models), which can range from 125 miles to about 350 miles. The solar panels enable the Aptera vehicle to continue charging without needing to be plugged in, though plugging it in is an option. The company also claims that its vehicle can recharge within 10 minutes, compared to the typical electric car, which requires closer to an hour of charging time. In this regard, the product is highly differentiated from its current competition. At this point, the product is not being commercialized and therefore no customer reviews are available.

Performance

Aptera Motors did not generate any revenue in 2019 or 2020. However, it did generate significant net losses — $224,487 in 2019 and $4.2 million in 2020. Operating cash outflows were $206,907 in 2019 and $3 million in 2020. The company also has $1.6 million in the form of SAFEs and deposits totaling $452,070. 

Management expects to ship out the first vehicles in 2022. The goal then is to increase production to around 10,000 units per year by the end of 2022. This is an ambitious target, and the results remain to be seen. The Aptera vehicle is currently in the beta phase of development, so it has yet to complete safety tests. Still, Aptera claims to have more than 10,000 preorders lined up to date representing $350 million in gross revenues.

Bearish Outlook

Aptera Motors has yet to generate any revenue, and it is continuously losing cash. It is unclear precisely how well its technology will work and whether it will be deemed safe by regulators. Investors should also note that the automotive industry is notorious for low profit margins. Even if Aptera does manage to commercialize its vehicle, it could be a long time before it achieves profitability or positive cash flow. Add in the fact that it will likely require additional funding as it gets closer to launching its product, and investors buying in today might end up diluted. Finally, at a $200 million pre-money valuation, the company is massively overvalued for having no commercialized product.

Bullish Outlook

Aptera Motors’ technology could prove to be immensely popular. If so, the company could help usher in widespread adoption of solar-powered electric vehicles. The company is heavily differentiated in its use of solar charging. The team running the company also appears to be highly qualified, as all three co-founders appear to have been involved in the IPO of Flux Power, a lithium ion energy storage company that is now listed on the Nasdaq. The market in which the company operates, while highly competitive, is growing at a rapid pace with conservative growth rates of at least 20% year over year.

Executive Summary

Aptera Motors is building solar electric vehicles with a focus on efficiency. If the company’s technology works as claimed, it would expand traveling range and cut costs — two massive limitations of existing electric vehicles. The company has yet to commercialize its product but claims it has more than 10,000 vehicles reserved amounting to approximately $350 million in gross revenues.

Aptera Motors has plenty of challenges to overcome if it is to succeed. First, the company has yet to generate any revenue. And since the automotive industry is known for low profit margins, it could take a long time for Aptera to reach profitability. In addition, Aptera’s vehicles have yet to undergo safety testing, and the results could have an impact on the company’s chances of success. Finally, the market is crowded and includes large incumbents with hybrid and electric offerings like Honda and Tesla, as well as other three-wheeled electric vehicles like the Daymak Spiritus and Electra Meccanica SOLO. 

Apera Motors also has the potential to become popular among those looking to buy an environmentally conscious vehicle. The company appears to have generated significant interest with its 10,000-plus reservations (though how binding these reservations are remains unclear). Finally, co-founders Steve Fambro, Chris Anthony and Michael Johnson appear to have been involved in the IPO of Flux Power, a lithium ion energy storage company that is now listed on the Nasdaq. The team has no shortage of industry or entrepreneurial expertise. Overall, our team has rated the company as a Neutral prospect at this time.

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Analysis written by Daniel Jones.

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Platform: Dalmore Group
Security Type: Equity - Common
Valuation: $200,000,000
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