Electric Vehicles Aptera’s $26,000 Electric Car and 300 MPG Hybrid Coming Soon

Published on March 12th, 2008 | by Clayton

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Aptera’s $26,000 Electric Car and 300 MPG Hybrid Coming Soon

March 12th, 2008 by  
 

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For under $30,000, you will soon be able to buy an electric car with a 120 mile range, or a plug-in hybrid that gets 300 miles-per-gallon.

Sound like a fantasy, but this one could be coming to a dealer near you. Slated for release in late 2008, the company Aptera will be offering the initial limited release of their fully electric model Aptera Typ1, and the 300 mpg plug-in will follow in 2009.

At first glance, this thing looks as ungainly and futuristic as other highly efficient, low-drag vehicles (it reminds me of a wingless Cessna 206). But before you pass judgment, check out the test drive video from Popular Mechanics. Also see the short video segment below. This thing cruises, topping out at 85 mph:

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Aptera’s car is really a study in advanced aerodynamics. As the PM video points out, the Typ1 has embedded body panels, glass, and even windshield wipers to reduce drag. You’ll also notice it has only three wheels, which makes it legally registered in California as a motorcycle (and eligible for use of carpool lanes). It also has some nifty features, like recycled interior components, and embedded side and rear video cameras that replace side- and rear-view mirrors. Solar cells on the roof supplement internal climate control and shunt warm cabin air out the back of the vehicle—further improving efficiency and decreasing drag.

It should only take a few hours to charge the Typ1’s 10-kilowatt lithium-ion battery packs, at a cost of $1 to $2 (based on typical California electricity prices).

Aptera is currently taking refundable $500 reservations on their website.

More Electric Cars:

An Electric Car You Can Buy Today: The $20K TRIAC EV

Plug-In Hybrids Use Over 17 Times More Water Than Regular Cars, Researchers Say

Get 120 MPG Out of Your Prius (Plug It In)

The Sporty Future of Electrics Cars: the Lightning GT

For more information, see the following:

Aptera: www.aptera.com

Popular Mechanics (Nov. 20, 2007): 300-mpg, Electric Aptera Typ-1 Ready for 2008 Production

Popular Mechanics (Dec. 21, 2007): Aptera’s Super-MPG Electric Typ-1 e: Exclusive Video Test Drive

TreeHugger (Nov. 19, 2007): Unveiled: Aptera Typ-1 100% Electric and Series Hybrid Vehicles

Photo Credit: Aptera


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About the Author

In a past life, Clayton was a professional blogger and editor of Gas 2.0, Important Media’s blog covering the future of sustainable transportation. He was also the Managing Editor for GO Media, the predecessor to Important Media.



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  • geo

    good video of the aptera and more at http://www.kickinggas.org

  • geo

    good video of the aptera and more at http://www.kickinggas.org

  • thomas C Gray

    A car with a 120 mile range is impractical and just plain dumb. At $30,000, it’s also a total con job aimed at those naiive green morons who think they’re saving the world, while in reality bankrupting it.

    Now these fools will find out what really killed the electric car (on both occasions).

    • Yes, everyone knows we all commute over 200 miles a day.

      • REALLY??? You commute over 200 miles a day? On these gas prices? Your so full of **it! The AVERAGE person only commutes about 45 miles a day.

  • thomas C Gray

    A car with a 120 mile range is impractical and just plain dumb. At $30,000, it’s also a total con job aimed at those naiive green morons who think they’re saving the world, while in reality bankrupting it.

    Now these fools will find out what really killed the electric car (on both occasions).

  • thomas C Gray

    A car with a 120 mile range is impractical and just plain dumb. At $30,000, it’s also a total con job aimed at those naiive green morons who think they’re saving the world, while in reality bankrupting it.

    Now these fools will find out what really killed the electric car (on both occasions).

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  • Patrick

    Gee Thomas Gray, why so Grey- what oil company do you work for? Seriously though, WHAT OIL COMPANY DO YOU WORK FOR?!?

    A car with 120 mile range is great!!! Do you drive more than 50 miles to work each day, and 50 back? If so, then get the 300MPG hybrid version Mr. I invest in oil and bash anything that doesn’t support my evil habit. Do you have a better solution? What, stick was gas? Go to hell where you belong. “Green morons” you say? Do you have kids or grandchilden? Do you think they won’t have issues in you black world where oil and gas rules? Or should I say, your GRAY world? Becuase if it’s not green, that’s what it is going to be. I’d like to have you right here with me, so I could give you a black eye or two and make you drink oil until you turn green you backwards creep.

    I would love to see an article here at Gas 2.0 listing (again and again) the evils of oil and coal and exposing the people (oil and coal CEOs, lobbyists and senators who respond to them), as well as the praises for the best chance / best solutions like solar, water, and wind energies. I believe that America is not nearly angry enough at these Oil and Coal big wigs who are to blame for slowing progress toward cheaper cleaner fuels. I believe that shinning the light on them is just as important as shining the light on the best solutions. These execs and senators need to know that we are angry that they are holding us back- and America needs to know that they are doing so by backhanded behind closed door deals. The past 3 energy bills were blocked because they included repeals of the $13.5 BILLION TAX DOLLARS that we GAVE to OIL and COAL here- your tax dollars!!! They are stealing from us left and right, before the pump in our taxes and wars, at the pump, and after the pump in smog. Oil and coal are the root of so much evil and we cannot be angry enough at them… we cannot afford to not be scathing mad at them, screw the jobs and profits in their industry- they are ripping us all off so so badly and the more we pity them the more they rip us off, they are sick and ruthless and they have been ripping us off and lying to us for a 100 years (1919 we started subsiding them with our tax dollars) and it’s their turn to pay…

    AMERICA, GET VERY MAD AT OIL and COAL!!! They are the cause, focus on them like a LASER BEAM!!!

    Patrick

  • Patrick

    Gee Thomas Gray, why so Grey- what oil company do you work for? Seriously though, WHAT OIL COMPANY DO YOU WORK FOR?!?

    A car with 120 mile range is great!!! Do you drive more than 50 miles to work each day, and 50 back? If so, then get the 300MPG hybrid version Mr. I invest in oil and bash anything that doesn’t support my evil habit. Do you have a better solution? What, stick was gas? Go to hell where you belong. “Green morons” you say? Do you have kids or grandchilden? Do you think they won’t have issues in you black world where oil and gas rules? Or should I say, your GRAY world? Becuase if it’s not green, that’s what it is going to be. I’d like to have you right here with me, so I could give you a black eye or two and make you drink oil until you turn green you backwards creep.

    I would love to see an article here at Gas 2.0 listing (again and again) the evils of oil and coal and exposing the people (oil and coal CEOs, lobbyists and senators who respond to them), as well as the praises for the best chance / best solutions like solar, water, and wind energies. I believe that America is not nearly angry enough at these Oil and Coal big wigs who are to blame for slowing progress toward cheaper cleaner fuels. I believe that shinning the light on them is just as important as shining the light on the best solutions. These execs and senators need to know that we are angry that they are holding us back- and America needs to know that they are doing so by backhanded behind closed door deals. The past 3 energy bills were blocked because they included repeals of the $13.5 BILLION TAX DOLLARS that we GAVE to OIL and COAL here- your tax dollars!!! They are stealing from us left and right, before the pump in our taxes and wars, at the pump, and after the pump in smog. Oil and coal are the root of so much evil and we cannot be angry enough at them… we cannot afford to not be scathing mad at them, screw the jobs and profits in their industry- they are ripping us all off so so badly and the more we pity them the more they rip us off, they are sick and ruthless and they have been ripping us off and lying to us for a 100 years (1919 we started subsiding them with our tax dollars) and it’s their turn to pay…

    AMERICA, GET VERY MAD AT OIL and COAL!!! They are the cause, focus on them like a LASER BEAM!!!

    Patrick

  • Amber

    I love this idea, the only thing that makes me hesitate is this, when will options come out for families? I’m not talking huge electric minivans, and certainly not SUVs, but if I have a husband and 2 kids we can’t all fit in this thing, and certainly not with groceries. As I’m one of the few that makes grocery shopping (as well as most other trips) a family outing (not so that everyone can buy what they want but for together time and so we can keep eachother on target) it’s impractical for me to have a car my whole family cannot fit in.

    • Here we go again with the big families contributing to the overpopulation of the world, and consuming all the natural resources like they did in the Europe. I would hate to be a baby born today, I would provably curse my parents for having me when I was grown up.

  • Amber

    I love this idea, the only thing that makes me hesitate is this, when will options come out for families? I’m not talking huge electric minivans, and certainly not SUVs, but if I have a husband and 2 kids we can’t all fit in this thing, and certainly not with groceries. As I’m one of the few that makes grocery shopping (as well as most other trips) a family outing (not so that everyone can buy what they want but for together time and so we can keep eachother on target) it’s impractical for me to have a car my whole family cannot fit in.

  • Amber

    I love this idea, the only thing that makes me hesitate is this, when will options come out for families? I’m not talking huge electric minivans, and certainly not SUVs, but if I have a husband and 2 kids we can’t all fit in this thing, and certainly not with groceries. As I’m one of the few that makes grocery shopping (as well as most other trips) a family outing (not so that everyone can buy what they want but for together time and so we can keep eachother on target) it’s impractical for me to have a car my whole family cannot fit in.

  • Amber,

    That’s a great point. A lot of these types of electric and super-high mileage vehicles reduce overall size to a point that it just wouldn’t be useful for a family. Your best bet might be something like the new Toyota Prius Plug-in, which should be released in 2010, and hopefully can accommodate kids, husbands, and groceries.

  • Amber,

    That’s a great point. A lot of these types of electric and super-high mileage vehicles reduce overall size to a point that it just wouldn’t be useful for a family. Your best bet might be something like the new Toyota Prius Plug-in, which should be released in 2010, and hopefully can accommodate kids, husbands, and groceries.

  • Alec

    Amber and Clayton,

    Tight now, Aptera is only working on getting their type 1 car out. I was wondering the same thing as you both, so I was reading on their website (aptera.com) and saw wher they WILL be releasing Apteras for families!! 😀 They will have I think four seats in them. The one above is only 2 and 1/2…That is for, A driver, Passenger, and Toddler (up to 3yrs.) As for the “grociery space”, they have you covered. I was amazed too by how much space it actually has. On their website, they put (Can’t remember exactly everything) 2 surfboard, Some Life Jackets, and a bunch of other stuff! Surprosingly, there was STILL room left! Really, there is enough room in THAT trunk to hide a BODY! or Two!!…Not that I would ever do that *twitch twitch* LOL. JK. They plan on realeasing their “Family Sized” Apteras a few months after the type 1s!

    Hope that I was of ome help!!! For any Questions though, I recomend you go to their official website!

    Aptera.com

    I personally LOVE this car. It kind of has a sporty look to it, and I have ALWAYS been a fan of the rasing door thingy! I wish I could have this car, but even under $30,000 , at 15, I REALLY don’t see this in my future! In fact, if there is any multimillionair out there who wants to donate an Aptera (or $30,000) to a young spirited 15 year old student, hoping to go to college and have a great life of his own, PLEASE DO!

  • Alec

    Amber and Clayton,

    Tight now, Aptera is only working on getting their type 1 car out. I was wondering the same thing as you both, so I was reading on their website (aptera.com) and saw wher they WILL be releasing Apteras for families!! 😀 They will have I think four seats in them. The one above is only 2 and 1/2…That is for, A driver, Passenger, and Toddler (up to 3yrs.) As for the “grociery space”, they have you covered. I was amazed too by how much space it actually has. On their website, they put (Can’t remember exactly everything) 2 surfboard, Some Life Jackets, and a bunch of other stuff! Surprosingly, there was STILL room left! Really, there is enough room in THAT trunk to hide a BODY! or Two!!…Not that I would ever do that *twitch twitch* LOL. JK. They plan on realeasing their “Family Sized” Apteras a few months after the type 1s!

    Hope that I was of ome help!!! For any Questions though, I recomend you go to their official website!

    Aptera.com

    I personally LOVE this car. It kind of has a sporty look to it, and I have ALWAYS been a fan of the rasing door thingy! I wish I could have this car, but even under $30,000 , at 15, I REALLY don’t see this in my future! In fact, if there is any multimillionair out there who wants to donate an Aptera (or $30,000) to a young spirited 15 year old student, hoping to go to college and have a great life of his own, PLEASE DO!

  • Alec

    Amber and Clayton,

    Tight now, Aptera is only working on getting their type 1 car out. I was wondering the same thing as you both, so I was reading on their website (aptera.com) and saw wher they WILL be releasing Apteras for families!! 😀 They will have I think four seats in them. The one above is only 2 and 1/2…That is for, A driver, Passenger, and Toddler (up to 3yrs.) As for the “grociery space”, they have you covered. I was amazed too by how much space it actually has. On their website, they put (Can’t remember exactly everything) 2 surfboard, Some Life Jackets, and a bunch of other stuff! Surprosingly, there was STILL room left! Really, there is enough room in THAT trunk to hide a BODY! or Two!!…Not that I would ever do that *twitch twitch* LOL. JK. They plan on realeasing their “Family Sized” Apteras a few months after the type 1s!

    Hope that I was of ome help!!! For any Questions though, I recomend you go to their official website!

    Aptera.com

    I personally LOVE this car. It kind of has a sporty look to it, and I have ALWAYS been a fan of the rasing door thingy! I wish I could have this car, but even under $30,000 , at 15, I REALLY don’t see this in my future! In fact, if there is any multimillionair out there who wants to donate an Aptera (or $30,000) to a young spirited 15 year old student, hoping to go to college and have a great life of his own, PLEASE DO!

  • Rob

    Hey Patrick, lighten up man! I’m also pissed off by morons like Mr. Gray, but leave them to their lies and SUVs. We’ve got the future rising up to meet us and I really believe there’s no need for hate.

    And Amber, check out Phoenix Motors. They’re putting out a pick up truck that seats 5 and then a sedan. A little pricier, around 50K I think, but great range. I’ve got two kids, so this first Aptera isn’t for me, but I sure do love the design.

  • Rob

    Hey Patrick, lighten up man! I’m also pissed off by morons like Mr. Gray, but leave them to their lies and SUVs. We’ve got the future rising up to meet us and I really believe there’s no need for hate.

    And Amber, check out Phoenix Motors. They’re putting out a pick up truck that seats 5 and then a sedan. A little pricier, around 50K I think, but great range. I’ve got two kids, so this first Aptera isn’t for me, but I sure do love the design.

  • Rob

    Hey Patrick, lighten up man! I’m also pissed off by morons like Mr. Gray, but leave them to their lies and SUVs. We’ve got the future rising up to meet us and I really believe there’s no need for hate.

    And Amber, check out Phoenix Motors. They’re putting out a pick up truck that seats 5 and then a sedan. A little pricier, around 50K I think, but great range. I’ve got two kids, so this first Aptera isn’t for me, but I sure do love the design.

  • Jim

    Some other options to buy an electric car available TODAY are: http://www.hybridtechnologies.com and http://www.spark-ev.com

  • Jim

    Some other options to buy an electric car available TODAY are: http://www.hybridtechnologies.com and http://www.spark-ev.com

  • Bob

    Amber, yeah, a vehicle just to take your family grocery shopping, that’s practical. But really, most households have more than one vehicle, many have more than two. Certainly for them, one should be an Aptera.

  • Bob

    Amber, yeah, a vehicle just to take your family grocery shopping, that’s practical. But really, most households have more than one vehicle, many have more than two. Certainly for them, one should be an Aptera.

  • Bob

    Amber, yeah, a vehicle just to take your family grocery shopping, that’s practical. But really, most households have more than one vehicle, many have more than two. Certainly for them, one should be an Aptera.

  • Charles Mackrell

    This is the most impressive thing Ive ever seen, Great job, Will It be available with a gas engine as well? Also will the batteries cost a fortune to replace? Would love to know more. thank you.

    Charles

  • Charles Mackrell

    This is the most impressive thing Ive ever seen, Great job, Will It be available with a gas engine as well? Also will the batteries cost a fortune to replace? Would love to know more. thank you.

    Charles

  • Charles Mackrell

    This is the most impressive thing Ive ever seen, Great job, Will It be available with a gas engine as well? Also will the batteries cost a fortune to replace? Would love to know more. thank you.

    Charles

  • Hello,

    This is a gimmick like the smart car. Both are too expensive. Neither car is safe in a collision. The public wants a vehicle like the Chevy Volt. Not too much more money for safety and electric capability when driven less than 40 miles per day. I don’t know who is snowing who on the gas mileage issue but the Panhard in 1959 got almost 40 MPG. Electric cars will prevail though as the supply of oil dries up and gas gets too expensive. You probably have a niche market at the best. Love to hear your response.

    Don

  • Karen

    I don’t know what Mr. Gray’s problem is, maybe he is just so rich that the ever increasing gas prices don’t affect him. Me, however, I haven’t had a pay raise in 2 years, but my gas expense to get to work has more than doubled, and it going to get more expensive yet.

    If you have to drive to work, it’s not like we have a choice to boycott the purchasing of gasoline, so I’m all for alternatives.

    I don’t live close enough to where I work to walk, or ride a bike, and there is no public transportation, I have to drive. I’ve given some thought to getting a scooter, but that would only work out for 3-4 months out of the year. And I am over 50 and have never driven a motorcycle before, I do find it a tad scary…

    Since I don’t live in a large metropolitan area, my concern would be who/where would I get this vehicle serviced should something go wrong with it? I don’t really foresee an Aptera dealership opening up in this area.

    I have 8 grandchildren so I would keep my van for outings with them, but I think a vehicle like this is a great solution for my daily commute to work.

  • Karen

    I don’t know what Mr. Gray’s problem is, maybe he is just so rich that the ever increasing gas prices don’t affect him. Me, however, I haven’t had a pay raise in 2 years, but my gas expense to get to work has more than doubled, and it going to get more expensive yet.

    If you have to drive to work, it’s not like we have a choice to boycott the purchasing of gasoline, so I’m all for alternatives.

    I don’t live close enough to where I work to walk, or ride a bike, and there is no public transportation, I have to drive. I’ve given some thought to getting a scooter, but that would only work out for 3-4 months out of the year. And I am over 50 and have never driven a motorcycle before, I do find it a tad scary…

    Since I don’t live in a large metropolitan area, my concern would be who/where would I get this vehicle serviced should something go wrong with it? I don’t really foresee an Aptera dealership opening up in this area.

    I have 8 grandchildren so I would keep my van for outings with them, but I think a vehicle like this is a great solution for my daily commute to work.

  • Tomar Ralmy

    Any electric that has that much gear train noise in a parking lot at 15mph isn’t ready for prime time. They should be required to post a triangular slow vehicle warning sign on the “stern”, post a hearing loss warning sign inside, and drive only offroad at night, because they’d be roadkill on a commercial freeway after dark.

  • Tomar Ralmy

    Any electric that has that much gear train noise in a parking lot at 15mph isn’t ready for prime time. They should be required to post a triangular slow vehicle warning sign on the “stern”, post a hearing loss warning sign inside, and drive only offroad at night, because they’d be roadkill on a commercial freeway after dark.

  • Tomar Ralmy

    Any electric that has that much gear train noise in a parking lot at 15mph isn’t ready for prime time. They should be required to post a triangular slow vehicle warning sign on the “stern”, post a hearing loss warning sign inside, and drive only offroad at night, because they’d be roadkill on a commercial freeway after dark.

  • Mike

    I’m not sure what I’m more excited about: the Aptera Type-1 or the Venture. I want one of each right now. I think what’s holding many people back right now is cost and length of the charge (a lot of us Californians have long commutes). 120 miles on one charge and a sticker price of $20K could heat things up for electric vehicles.

  • Mike

    I’m not sure what I’m more excited about: the Aptera Type-1 or the Venture. I want one of each right now. I think what’s holding many people back right now is cost and length of the charge (a lot of us Californians have long commutes). 120 miles on one charge and a sticker price of $20K could heat things up for electric vehicles.

  • Feel free to visit http://www.apteraforum.com

  • Feel free to visit http://www.apteraforum.com

  • Mike Spivak

    Please send me info and pictures and price list and how to become a deal

    Thank You

    Mike Spivak

    15628 Travis St

    Hesperia,CA. 92345

  • Mike Spivak

    Please send me info and pictures and price list and how to become a deal

    Thank You

    Mike Spivak

    15628 Travis St

    Hesperia,CA. 92345

  • ‘Abdul’Aziz

    I too would love to have this vehicle. But the two problems I have are, I don’t live in CA, and I have 6 children and a wife. So until someone comes out with a green vehicle with space for a family…not the new wave of 1 or 2 kids, I’ll just have to stick with gas sucking vans.

  • ‘Abdul’Aziz

    I too would love to have this vehicle. But the two problems I have are, I don’t live in CA, and I have 6 children and a wife. So until someone comes out with a green vehicle with space for a family…not the new wave of 1 or 2 kids, I’ll just have to stick with gas sucking vans.

  • ‘Abdul’Aziz

    I too would love to have this vehicle. But the two problems I have are, I don’t live in CA, and I have 6 children and a wife. So until someone comes out with a green vehicle with space for a family…not the new wave of 1 or 2 kids, I’ll just have to stick with gas sucking vans.

  • Karl L Luedemann

    Look at a Loremo for a family. Seats 2 adults/two children. Deisel powered/ 900 pounds. Tops out a 100 mph. Gets 157 MPG. Goes on sale in Europe in 2009. Refuels in minutes, not hours. No large electric motors/ complex drivetrains, or expensive batteries to replace. DID I MENTION $13,000 US?

  • Karl L Luedemann

    Look at a Loremo for a family. Seats 2 adults/two children. Deisel powered/ 900 pounds. Tops out a 100 mph. Gets 157 MPG. Goes on sale in Europe in 2009. Refuels in minutes, not hours. No large electric motors/ complex drivetrains, or expensive batteries to replace. DID I MENTION $13,000 US?

  • Karl,

    I’ve written about the Loremo here:

    Germans Release 117 MPG Diesel Sportscar: Biodiesel, Anyone?

    http://gas2.org/2008/02/14/germans-release-117-mpg-diesel-sportscar-biodiesel-anyone/

  • Karl,

    I’ve written about the Loremo here:

    Germans Release 117 MPG Diesel Sportscar: Biodiesel, Anyone?

    http://gas2.org/2008/02/14/germans-release-117-mpg-diesel-sportscar-biodiesel-anyone/

  • Karl,

    I’ve written about the Loremo here:

    Germans Release 117 MPG Diesel Sportscar: Biodiesel, Anyone?

    http://gas2.org/2008/02/14/germans-release-117-mpg-diesel-sportscar-biodiesel-anyone/

  • Jeff Swain

    I feel that big-oil is connected to the controlling gov.(Senate)I know, real news flash right?. But,Every time some real innovator speaks out like Aptera, big-oil is there to slap them down. When trillions are at stake, the root of evil swells like high tide on a full moon.I hope that the visionaries keep fighting. However, to be sure, the Fat oil tycoon will be throwing molasses and, dirt clods at the technological innovators. Does Aptera

    have a towing capacity. And will it drastically reduce it’s gas sipping performance?

    Jeff

  • Jeff Swain

    I feel that big-oil is connected to the controlling gov.(Senate)I know, real news flash right?. But,Every time some real innovator speaks out like Aptera, big-oil is there to slap them down. When trillions are at stake, the root of evil swells like high tide on a full moon.I hope that the visionaries keep fighting. However, to be sure, the Fat oil tycoon will be throwing molasses and, dirt clods at the technological innovators. Does Aptera

    have a towing capacity. And will it drastically reduce it’s gas sipping performance?

    Jeff

  • Jeff Swain

    I feel that big-oil is connected to the controlling gov.(Senate)I know, real news flash right?. But,Every time some real innovator speaks out like Aptera, big-oil is there to slap them down. When trillions are at stake, the root of evil swells like high tide on a full moon.I hope that the visionaries keep fighting. However, to be sure, the Fat oil tycoon will be throwing molasses and, dirt clods at the technological innovators. Does Aptera

    have a towing capacity. And will it drastically reduce it’s gas sipping performance?

    Jeff

  • Jeff Swain

    Thank you

  • Jeff Swain

    Thank you

  • Jeff Swain

    Thank you

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  • Timothy

    Couple of things will keep this wonderful design out of your showroom.

    1. No bank will finance it, so come with cash

    2. No mention of climate control- 105 degree air temp and road surface of 145 degrees on the gridlocked loop- 0 degrees outside with 40 mph wind and no heat- yipes!!! All that plexiglass is a real heat builder in summer and a nightmare in icing conditions.

    Solve these MINOR problems and well I just may bring cash to buy one.

  • Timothy

    Couple of things will keep this wonderful design out of your showroom.

    1. No bank will finance it, so come with cash

    2. No mention of climate control- 105 degree air temp and road surface of 145 degrees on the gridlocked loop- 0 degrees outside with 40 mph wind and no heat- yipes!!! All that plexiglass is a real heat builder in summer and a nightmare in icing conditions.

    Solve these MINOR problems and well I just may bring cash to buy one.

  • Timothy

    Couple of things will keep this wonderful design out of your showroom.

    1. No bank will finance it, so come with cash

    2. No mention of climate control- 105 degree air temp and road surface of 145 degrees on the gridlocked loop- 0 degrees outside with 40 mph wind and no heat- yipes!!! All that plexiglass is a real heat builder in summer and a nightmare in icing conditions.

    Solve these MINOR problems and well I just may bring cash to buy one.

  • brorod

    there was a guy in Memphis, TN who invented a prepetual engine back in the eighties. It was in the Memphis press Simitar, the local paper, him, the reporter, and the paper are no longer with us. He has been missing since shortly after the artical. I think that reporter died in an auto accident. And that portion of the schweps-Howard news organisation was pulled out of circulation. Some smart gut should research that. Yeah the big bucks do have us, pants down.

  • brorod

    there was a guy in Memphis, TN who invented a prepetual engine back in the eighties. It was in the Memphis press Simitar, the local paper, him, the reporter, and the paper are no longer with us. He has been missing since shortly after the artical. I think that reporter died in an auto accident. And that portion of the schweps-Howard news organisation was pulled out of circulation. Some smart gut should research that. Yeah the big bucks do have us, pants down.

  • brorod

    there was a guy in Memphis, TN who invented a prepetual engine back in the eighties. It was in the Memphis press Simitar, the local paper, him, the reporter, and the paper are no longer with us. He has been missing since shortly after the artical. I think that reporter died in an auto accident. And that portion of the schweps-Howard news organisation was pulled out of circulation. Some smart gut should research that. Yeah the big bucks do have us, pants down.

  • Doug Howd

    What will be the range of the 300mpg Hybrid?

  • Doug Howd

    What will be the range of the 300mpg Hybrid?

  • Melissa

    for those who are concerned about families. check out Miles Motors and Phoenix. Miles is supposed to be coming out with a 30k ish 4 door sedan soon (they say) and Phoenix is to have an suv and 4 door pick-up.

    those are a bit spendy but they are out there. these are all highway speed longer range vehicles. No I don’t work for these companies I’ve just been watching them because I’d like to hear about them too.

    Sorry rob just noticed youve already posted this. Like any other new technology… cell phones…Pcs…and ipods. a few who have the money to invest will “try it out” then it will come down to the rest of us. we’ll let George, Matt and Ed break them in for us then we can get one too.

  • Melissa

    for those who are concerned about families. check out Miles Motors and Phoenix. Miles is supposed to be coming out with a 30k ish 4 door sedan soon (they say) and Phoenix is to have an suv and 4 door pick-up.

    those are a bit spendy but they are out there. these are all highway speed longer range vehicles. No I don’t work for these companies I’ve just been watching them because I’d like to hear about them too.

    Sorry rob just noticed youve already posted this. Like any other new technology… cell phones…Pcs…and ipods. a few who have the money to invest will “try it out” then it will come down to the rest of us. we’ll let George, Matt and Ed break them in for us then we can get one too.

  • Melissa

    for those who are concerned about families. check out Miles Motors and Phoenix. Miles is supposed to be coming out with a 30k ish 4 door sedan soon (they say) and Phoenix is to have an suv and 4 door pick-up.

    those are a bit spendy but they are out there. these are all highway speed longer range vehicles. No I don’t work for these companies I’ve just been watching them because I’d like to hear about them too.

    Sorry rob just noticed youve already posted this. Like any other new technology… cell phones…Pcs…and ipods. a few who have the money to invest will “try it out” then it will come down to the rest of us. we’ll let George, Matt and Ed break them in for us then we can get one too.

  • Melissa

    the 300 mpg hybrid I would think doesn’t have a range as such. as long as you feed it it goes, like any other hybrid. I would like to see a hybrid that runs on wvo/biodiesel and electricity. I don’t know if it can be done but I like the idea. you’ll always have fuel as long as people eat fries!

  • Melissa

    the 300 mpg hybrid I would think doesn’t have a range as such. as long as you feed it it goes, like any other hybrid. I would like to see a hybrid that runs on wvo/biodiesel and electricity. I don’t know if it can be done but I like the idea. you’ll always have fuel as long as people eat fries!

  • Melissa

    the 300 mpg hybrid I would think doesn’t have a range as such. as long as you feed it it goes, like any other hybrid. I would like to see a hybrid that runs on wvo/biodiesel and electricity. I don’t know if it can be done but I like the idea. you’ll always have fuel as long as people eat fries!

  • Dave

    I disagree with those that claim the 120 mile per charge range is impractical: if you live in an urban area 120 miles is PLENTY of range! Plus, think about it: the most inefficient time for gas cars is during STREET DRIVING. Vehicles like this are perfectly set to directly address this inefficiency.

    I’m all for cars like this, the more the better. Eventually the new technology will push us to develop even better designs. People shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth: even small steps are steps in the right direction.

    Thanks!

  • Dave

    I disagree with those that claim the 120 mile per charge range is impractical: if you live in an urban area 120 miles is PLENTY of range! Plus, think about it: the most inefficient time for gas cars is during STREET DRIVING. Vehicles like this are perfectly set to directly address this inefficiency.

    I’m all for cars like this, the more the better. Eventually the new technology will push us to develop even better designs. People shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth: even small steps are steps in the right direction.

    Thanks!

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  • John

    Why do all the electric car designers think they need to make the car “futuristic”? Having something that looks like a run of the mill car would probably sell a lot better. I’m sure there design is well intentioned and probably help the cars get better range but drop it. If your car looks like a nerd would drive it then it aint going to sell. A car is as much about what others think of you as it is what you think of yourself. The Tesla is a great example. Look mostly like a regular car ergo people want to buy it. Even it is $100k+. These cars look stupid and that is why they aren’t selling.

  • John

    Why do all the electric car designers think they need to make the car “futuristic”? Having something that looks like a run of the mill car would probably sell a lot better. I’m sure there design is well intentioned and probably help the cars get better range but drop it. If your car looks like a nerd would drive it then it aint going to sell. A car is as much about what others think of you as it is what you think of yourself. The Tesla is a great example. Look mostly like a regular car ergo people want to buy it. Even it is $100k+. These cars look stupid and that is why they aren’t selling.

  • John

    Why do all the electric car designers think they need to make the car “futuristic”? Having something that looks like a run of the mill car would probably sell a lot better. I’m sure there design is well intentioned and probably help the cars get better range but drop it. If your car looks like a nerd would drive it then it aint going to sell. A car is as much about what others think of you as it is what you think of yourself. The Tesla is a great example. Look mostly like a regular car ergo people want to buy it. Even it is $100k+. These cars look stupid and that is why they aren’t selling.

  • ChrisM

    This kind of work is inspiring. Even if the range and seating are limited it’s such a step in the right direction for everyone. How exciting to read about. Now all I’ve got to do is move to California, or wait a few years and hope it survives to make it out to me. This is such a positive development. Thanks for sharing the news! 🙂

  • ChrisM

    This kind of work is inspiring. Even if the range and seating are limited it’s such a step in the right direction for everyone. How exciting to read about. Now all I’ve got to do is move to California, or wait a few years and hope it survives to make it out to me. This is such a positive development. Thanks for sharing the news! 🙂

  • ChrisM

    This kind of work is inspiring. Even if the range and seating are limited it’s such a step in the right direction for everyone. How exciting to read about. Now all I’ve got to do is move to California, or wait a few years and hope it survives to make it out to me. This is such a positive development. Thanks for sharing the news! 🙂

  • Lizzy

    I agree with Amber, Clayton and Alec. The last family trip we went on included me , my mom and dad, little sister, 2 brothers and our poodle. I too like sporty cars but family comes first. We would need a big electric powered mini van for us, or a car with four seats and we could leave my sister and brothers behind

    :)P. JK, but we NEED TO BRING THE DOG

  • Lizzy

    I agree with Amber, Clayton and Alec. The last family trip we went on included me , my mom and dad, little sister, 2 brothers and our poodle. I too like sporty cars but family comes first. We would need a big electric powered mini van for us, or a car with four seats and we could leave my sister and brothers behind

    :)P. JK, but we NEED TO BRING THE DOG

  • Lizzy

    I agree with Amber, Clayton and Alec. The last family trip we went on included me , my mom and dad, little sister, 2 brothers and our poodle. I too like sporty cars but family comes first. We would need a big electric powered mini van for us, or a car with four seats and we could leave my sister and brothers behind

    :)P. JK, but we NEED TO BRING THE DOG

  • Dean

    F=MA. I like things that are efficient and this Aptera, with it’s low drag co-efficient and lightweight body is quite efficient. When you put 4 people in instead of 1, it takes much more energy to go, resulting in less range, or bigger batteries. I’ve got a 80 mile one way commute, so I’m waiting for more range, but its a step in the right direction.

    Maybe the hybrid will come out soon!

    -Dean

  • Dean

    F=MA. I like things that are efficient and this Aptera, with it’s low drag co-efficient and lightweight body is quite efficient. When you put 4 people in instead of 1, it takes much more energy to go, resulting in less range, or bigger batteries. I’ve got a 80 mile one way commute, so I’m waiting for more range, but its a step in the right direction.

    Maybe the hybrid will come out soon!

    -Dean

  • This Aptera vehicle is cool and really futuristic.

  • Okay, it’s 2011. Where is it?

    • aptera gone for good….dosent look like were ever going to see this one… EV maker Aptera in disarray as founders fade away….. i went to the web site and you cant even reserve one now….

  • E-Cigarette Vaping Redneck

    What does Jo Borrass have to say about this car. He HATES the Elio !!!!!!

    I LIKE the Elio !

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