Nancy Pelosi isn’t the only American shaking things up in Taiwan this week. Aptera cofounder and co-CEO Chris Anthony is with Taiwanese energy company Formosa Adwinergy Technology Corp., on the heels of a new agreement to supply batteries to Aptera’s upcoming solar EV. Additionally, a report in local news in Taiwan says that AdvEnergy also plans to produce Aptera SEVs in Taiwan, but we doubt it.
Aptera first unveiled its flagship SEV in late 2020, showcasing three different Alpha versions in black, white, or metallic silver exteriors. As recently as June, Aptera had over 22,000 reservations for its SEV as it nears initial production later this year.
After an additional $40 million of funding announced in early June, Aptera is closing several component suppliers critical to the SEV’s final design. This includes an agreement with Elafe from Slovenia for an in-wheel powertrain as well as an agreement with EVE Energy Co Ltd to use its 21700 NMC 811 cylindrical cells in Aptera battery packs.
In addition to the above battery supply agreement with EVE in mainland China, Aptera has signed another agreement with Formosa Advenergy Technology Corp. in Taiwan. Also, the agreement could lead to more advanced batteries and maybe even SEV production… but that probably seems like a big one.
Aptera’s three Alpha SEVs line up outside its original headquarters in San Diego, CA / credit: Scooter Dolls
Aptera to source battery from Taiwan, co-develops LFP cells
While Aptera has been quiet in the States about news of its latest supply agreements, local media in Taiwan is covering the story. To Taipei TimesAptera Motors has signed an agreement with Formosa Adwinergy Technology Corp. – the battery development arm of Formosa Plastics Group in Taiwan.
Aptera cofounder and co-CEO Chris Anthony was at the ROC for the press conference, posing with SEV along with Sandy Wang, President of Formosa Adventure Technology. According to the report, the companies said that they will also work together to develop a new generation of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries.
The report does not specify whether current battery chemistry will be supplied to Aptera based out of Taiwan, but will make sense based on its signed agreement with EVE Energy, Lithium NMC (Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt) cells.
Another report from Taiwan makes no sense Livelihood News of eight peopleClaiming that in addition to supplying the batteries to Aptera, Formosa Adventure said it intends to produce the SEV in Taiwan – 20,000 units per year adding 4,000 jobs in the country.
When we toured Aptera’s facilities in San Diego last October, the company was transitioning to a new 80,000-square-foot facility in Carlsbad, Calif., where the upcoming SEV is to be assembled.
We’ve reached out to Aptera several times for clarification to see if the US is still the planned location for SEV production, but we have yet to receive a reply. For now, we know Formosa AdvEnergy will supply batteries to Aptera SEVs, but production claims look questionable. Stay tuned as we learn more.
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