Gallery: APTERA Diesel-Electric Hybrid Car On Sale Now!

 

The Aptera (Greek for “wingless”) is an environmentally-friendly car that’s as clean and green as it is fantastically futuristic. The three-wheeled hybrid, which offers an all-electric or plug-in hybrid option, isn’t just a concept- you can reserve your own with just a $500 deposit. Seating 2.5 with plenty of room for luggage, the Aptera can get up to 230 miles per gallon at 55 miles per hour, and has an (electronically limited) top speed of 95 mph. Plus, it’s just so darn cool looking, we can’t resist the arthropod automobile aesthetic.

The two engine options are eco friendly- you can choose from an all-electric or plug-in hybrid version. The all-electric is powered exclusively with batteries, to last approximately 120 miles. At night you simply plug the Aptera into any standard 110 volt outlet and in just a few hours you will have a fully charged vehicle. The plug-in series hybrid is powered by an electric drive train, assisted by a fuel efficient gasoline powered generator, stretching the travel range significantly further. In typical driving you may achieve over 300 miles per gallon and you will have range far beyond any passenger vehicle available today.

The design of the Aptera includes all the standard features, including airbags, a rear view camera, GPS navigation, and a CD/MP3/DVD player. It also includes a RFID key fob to start the car, and a solar assisted climate control system. The approximate cost of the Aphera will be $26,900, and you can reserve your own wingless auto for a fully refundable $500.

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Via Gizmodo.com

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  1. me March 11, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Koolio

  2. Steven Thomas February 27, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    with so many ignorant comments I see why Obama is doing so well. this is why I hate reading these, everyone please read about the car before posting comments. I know some of the words are long, just sound them out the best you can.
    This car is great, amazing design, I would love to have one of these. This car is a step in the right direction.

  3. dreamcrusher February 25, 2008 at 9:29 am

    my dream car

  4. Phish February 25, 2008 at 8:33 am

    Concerns:

    Might be gr8 for the sun, sand, and paved streets of California. But what about the dozens of states that actually have snow during the winter, I don’t imagine a glorified motorcycle is going to do well on ice and snow, or with -30 temperatures. Also, there are still alot of gravel roads around today, where a lot of normal 4 wheel vehicles can can be found wheel side up very easily, I can see this thing hitting a washboard and doing a impression of one of those sit and spin toys for kids, just a thought you might wanna consider before you buy one of these toy cars.

  5. Don February 16, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Fantastic design, but – - questions. How does one put air in the tires when the valve stem is hidden? Jacking up the vehicle to change a flat tire? Is there a spare in the car? Will the electric motor overheat when driven in temperatures of 110 or 115? How about the drive belt – will it pick up mud from the road and wear out faster? Create drag? What of the suspension arms, do they require lubrication, and how accessed? How long do the batteries last and how costly is it to replace them? How large is the fuel tank for the generator? I have read one source which says it is a 5 gallon tank. True? Fambro says the car will go 600 miles with the generator running. Do the math, 8 hours of driving at 75 mph requiring 5 gallons of gas translates to 120 miles per gallon, not 300. And that doesn’t even include the cost of electricity. Many questions will have to be answered before I would even think of spending that much money. Hey, the buying public deserves some answers.

  6. jerry weems February 11, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    I really love the concept of this car when you look at the design of it .Well it just make good sence . I know that we our look at the design of our cars of the future being made today . Gentalmen my hat is off to you folks can’t wait for it to hit the texas area

  7. bubble February 11, 2008 at 3:43 am

    It is an amazing car, I like it very much, it is just like seen in the movie. I hope that this car could fly in the rush hour!

  8. usaracer56789 February 7, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    that is the coolest looking car eva!!! i love it! i would totally buy it if i didnt live in a huge mountain town in Colorado that probably gets way too much snow for that thing to handle but still! it is sooo soo so so so coollio! its so modern and it only has like 3 wheels! so ya! coolest car ever!

  9. TTTT February 3, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    WOw..slow car…cool lookin though

  10. yuri January 30, 2008 at 1:03 am

    I will buy this car . Good features . what is the price ?

  11. John Schiffermuller January 23, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    I’m about as environmentally friendly as a styrofoam cup. I’m an engineer and the world is a place where people make the environment fit their needs. The Aptera is classified as a motorcycle. The shape is supremely aerodynamically efficient. It has airbags, seatbelts, a full cage, crumple zones, rear and sideview cameras (which people have been retrofitting on the Insight since it came out- morrirs are aerodynamic nightmares), a winshield wiper that tucks down below the rear edge of the front cowling because the wipers on your average car have more drag profile than the entire Aptera. There are pictures of the electric motor and the drive belt that propel the vehicle. This is one poorly researched article. Use it as a starting point and do a little research folks. ONE person picked up on the big edge on this vehicle. As soon as people start buying them (initially ONLY offered in California so that they can handle the service and repair issues as they get started and establish a broader network) and the initial owners start talking to their neighbors and friends about driving all week on $6 in gas…. these WILL take off. And yes, they are real.

    John

  12. N.F.Hoffa January 21, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    I knew a gentleman from the Michigan region who was a chief science engineer at Dow Chemical in the town of Midland around well over a decade ago by the name of Normand Strand and he was incredibly brilliant and certifiably a genius in every possible aspect .

    Mr Strand who took leave from Dow and became self employed in a company he named Mantech was geared entirely towards research and sadly the company silently passed as he did also from Brain Cancer but i always will remember our conversations we had about science many years ago around family dinners and vacations for my first wife was his neice .

    Anyhow he was always inventing concepts for the future and one idea invention he had made several drawings of and expained the small engine and electric motor configurations and the hardware of his i would have to say was one of the most ambitious ideas he loved to discuss with me and i loved to listen as much .

    The incredible likeness of Aptera to Mr Strands car was incredible when i saw it but the concept was more boxy but the wheel drafts were exactly the same and i love what the brilliant idealists did to the body compared to the 3 wheel auto idea of Mr Strand for the aerodynamic look is not only good looking but also intelligent design in every way ,And i am not in any way laying claim to any ideas for the 3 wheel car plan has been around for awhile now but i am wondering if the designers ever heard of Norm Strand and his legacy as one of those great idealist inventors who were forgotten victims of time and circumstance ?

    Anyhow as i said the last time i ever heard of him he had brain cancer and was on his way around the same time i last saw his neice and reading this remarkable issue and dynamics of the future of cars i couldn,t help but share my story ..

    With no intention Sincerely N.Hoffa

  13. ryan and chris =D January 21, 2008 at 6:07 am

    we wont one ….. an im going to start bussing head tops if i dnt

  14. larry the cable guy January 19, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    i like this car it is inavative. No matter if people do not like this car it is the car of the future. let me know when it comes out or if it already has.

  15. james p. gray January 11, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    i love what your doing,this car (motorcycle) is the best thing i have seen in a long time , keep up the good work i live on the east coast and would like to know when it can be bought in rhode island?

  16. Jake January 7, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Hey Jason, thanks for the info. I assume you are from Aptera? If so, please visit http://www.apteraforum.com as a lot of the members there have questions and suggestions about the Aptera Typ-1 if you don’t mind answering or atleast reading.

  17. Jason January 2, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    This is right from the website’s FAQ, top question. If you have ANY doubts about this car, go to the website and READ about it.

    With safety being our top priority, we have raised our standard beyond the requirements of a typical passenger car. Nothing is normal or standard for the Aptera so why should we stick to “normal” safety standards? For example, the Typ-1 roof is designed to EXCEED rollover strength requirements spelled out in FMVSS(Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard) 216 for passenger cars. The doors also far EXCEED mandated strength requirements for passenger cars as does our 45″ frontal impact deflection and crumple zone. We decided not just to meet many of the requirements for passenger cars, but we chose to exceed them. Industry safety standards are very different for passenger cars and motorcycles; we are choosing to go well beyond the industry safety standard for passenger cars so Aptera drivers can feel safe in any driving situation.

  18. eco-canuck January 1, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    I am wondering(hopefully) that this will be available to purchase and import into Canada. Any idea? If it is I will certianly put a deposit on one.

  19. michelle December 31, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    Does it have a bumper?

  20. Dataland December 23, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Aptera Update!

    The folks over at Popular Mechanics were able to finagle an exclusive test drive and interview of the upcoming Aptera Typ-1. For those uninitiated, the Aptera Typ-1 is an all-electric plug in vehicle coming to market in 2009 for under $30,000. Sometime thereafter, Aptera plans to market the Typ-2, a 300 MPG gasoline hybrid which shares the Typ-1’s body and features. The more I keep up with this car, the more I believe this is the first real re-thinking of the automobile since its inception. I know this sounds a little over the top, but …

    Crosstalk: http://dataland.wordpress.com/2007/12/23/aptera-video/

  21. Dataland December 17, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    Aptera has released an update on it’s upcoming 300 Mpg car. This car really approaches transportation from a very different vantage than does the rest of the auto industry. This car is slated to sell for $30,000 USD, and offers room for two. Here is a brief overview on the update …

    Talkback: http://dataland.wordpress.com/2007/12/17/apteras-sub-30k-300-mpg-car-will-be-here-in-2009/

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    This post is a bit off of my normal topics, but I think it’s something important that people should be discussing. I’ll really try not to get too political, so here goes. We’ve all seen gas prices climb up to (and in many areas above) $3 USD per gallon of gasoline. We’ve also seen war, chaos, pain and turmoil going on the Middle East and elsewhere. While there is obviously some connection between the current price of gas and war, terror and fear, that’s not exactly the connection I want to voice… (Pingback) http://dataland.wordpress.com/2007/11/22/the-future-of-cars/

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  26. MeDuh November 16, 2007 at 4:47 am

    All these whingers going on about any car lighter than a (new)Mini being an utter death trap, have you ever ridden a bicycle? have you any mechanical aptitude? The new mini weighs twice what the old one did and is no more a compact car than the dodge Caliber.

    Man up people or we’re going to be stuck driving boats on the roads because the carmakers (who are ever bigger and ever more of the market) will be too pussy themselves to make something light and aerodynamic (the way people who care about cars know it should be) because they think they won’t make money off it.

    The craftsmen (and occasional woman – there could be so many more, but that’s another topic entirely) are getting squeezed out by regulation and consumer spinelessness. By that i mean, people buy things now based more on insurance than anything else. I don’t just mean automobile insurance, everybody has to have every liability covered, but at the same time they’ve just GOT to have ~, it has to get 70,000miles between checkups, it’s got to be as heavy and stable as a lowered benz so i don’t get blown off the road. So much so that it seems there will come a day when one can not, for neither love nor money acquire a handbuilt car of any quality or description, and drive it anywhere but a closed course. And the further this phenomenon is allowed to slide the closer to peak oil that will be. The only saving grace i see in this scenario is that at some point it will become a very interesting hobby with less relationship with public travel and so perhaps less philosophical insistence in the racing rules on simulating a ‘car’.

    What colours does it come in? It’s freakin hippy car; go paint it!
    How do I (get someone else to) maintain it? It’s simpler and requires less maintenance, learn to do it yourself!
    And stop making large life purchases of comodities. The car as we have it today is bottom to top a commercial commodity like computers, refrigerators or houses. All alike, produced in large quantities and not the least bit interesting. It is interesting though reading any mention of cars on a ‘greenie’ site because when it comes down to what people care about in a car I read about things that read to me like features. If your car means so little to you emotionally (outside of the concept of independant transportation) that what you care about it are its air conditioning and how long it is between service intervals then why are you spending SO much of your money on it? I’d rather buy a 30,000 dollar watch than 99% of the cars out there at that price, but then again despite the low quantities of watches produced at that price that industry to is now trading commodity Image, brand, status (with some exceptions); so i must digress.

    ‘night folks

  27. Tim November 2, 2007 at 5:33 pm

    To those who think this car doesn’t exist go to youtube and search for aptera, you will find several videos of the prototype. They also have a new website up with more info about the car.Also,according to their website,they are only selling the car in California.

  28. jim November 1, 2007 at 11:57 pm

    Oh, last one, will it drive in snow or icy roads, in chicago winter.

  29. jim November 1, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    what colors will it come in, and how well does the a/c work, is there a video?

  30. jim November 1, 2007 at 11:41 pm

    Who will repair it when it breaks, do i have to send it back to california, is there a warranty, other than that, i would be interested for my inner city commuting.

  31. Sam Broughton October 29, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    @Ralph Steadman
    If you look closely in the cliffside image, you can notice plants on the windscreen, so the photo’s could be real. But in another sense if you look at the two birds-eye view images all of the reflections are exactly the same; the cloud reflections are identical on both images.

  32. Sam Broughton October 29, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    It looks cool but most likely photoshopped. I doubt it will ever be mass produced

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  35. Michael Worth Peak October 24, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    When I can buy it NOW in the USA, let me know.
    How much is is going to be and when?

  36. Car Guy October 24, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    I’ve seen the car in person, I can tell you it is very real.

    As far as crash safety, the body is a carbon fibre monocoque shell. It should be at least as strong as the average sports car if not stronger. And as someone pointed out, it’s actually a motorcycle, and I daresay it’s one of the safest motorcycles on the road…

    Several people have called into question the three wheel steering aspect. These people have never driven a car with two front wheels and one rear wheel. It doesn’t have a “trike” or “tripod” feel to it at all. Two wheels in front make it steer like any other car.

    I know a few of the guys who started this company. They are not trying to pull off any kind of a hoax, they are a team of talented engineers who are very dedicated to making this car a reality.

    I think they’ve done a great job on the car design, but when starting a new car company, designing the car is the easy part. Putting it into profitable production while undergoing the financial and regulatory screws of various government agencies is the hard part. And I wish them all the best.

    Good luck, guys!

  37. W October 22, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    WOW! where did all the experts come from? super work you brilliant analysts.

    the vehicle has airbags, rear view cameras, seatbelts, plenty of storage, safety composite and metal structures, and a windshield wiper.

    oh, and the deposit money is held by an escrow account. a real company? absolutely.

    semi trucks on the road? please, think about this, if you have a very slick shape, that the air flows over with maximum efficiency, why would a truck disturb that airflow???? you get alot of push back from the air in a regular car but not a shape like this.

    so, on with the experts.

    W

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  42. Robert McCulloch October 16, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    I love this car…I fell in love with it almost at first site.

    This car is the future transportation that most people 30-40 years ago thought everyone would be driving by now…sleek, hyper-efficient, and looking as if it rolled off a set from 2001:A Space Odyssey.

    I admit, I would be a bit concerned about a side impact at any speed…but other than that, I will seriously consider reserving an Aptera when I have the funds available.

    I am curious, tho…would this car fit well with my 6’4″ frame? Also, what kind of transmission does it have? The photos presented don’t appear to show a column shifter or push-button affair, and certainly not a stick shift.

    And how will I receive my Aptera once it’s completed? Will it be shipped, or will I have to retrieve it by my own means? Will there be a local service depot if there’s a mechanical problem? Will I be able to finance the vehicle? And is the electro-gas hybrid powered directly by the gas generator, or do I have to plug it in at night?

    I suppose I will have to wait for the Aptera site to update…

    I did say I almost fell in love with this car at first sight…If the Aptera company wanted me to fall for their product at very first sight, they’d have designed it with tail fins :)

  43. Buyck Ruben October 15, 2007 at 4:13 am

    What we need is production on large scale of such a models!!! End soon…
    Nobody knows the name of the firm!

  44. Bec October 15, 2007 at 12:11 am

    Well, it certainly looks groovy!

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  46. Ralph Steadman October 13, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    For a little perspective, here is a real-world car that set a Guinness mpg record during a real-world commute: almost 160 mpg.

    http://www.canosoarus.com/03CalifCommuter/CalCom01.htm

    You’ll note it is a single seat car that is really just a big go-cart with a streamlined body.

    Without any actual data or real-world tests, Aptera claims to get almost twice the mpg while transporting 2 adults in an enclosed, climate-controlled cocoon.

    @ Ike: Real companies fund R&D with stock offerings, not customer deposits.

  47. Ralph Steadman October 12, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    where would you mount a license plate? where are any external ventilation ducts? where is the fuel filler cap?

    The wheel fairings appear solid in some images and have functional slots in other images.

    Gosh, wouldn’t the brakes get rather hot inside a solid fairing without any ventilation?

    Hey, just send me a $100 ‘deposit’ and save yourself $400. ;-)

  48. Ralph Steadman October 12, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    aptera.com is registered to Douglas Bates residing at 2465 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037-3204. aptera.com has been registered to him since 1999.

    If this was an actual company, shouldn’t the domain name be registered to a company with a business address?

    Where are the windshield wipers? Where is the headlight switch. Where is the parking brake? Where is a picture of the engine, drivetrain & batteries? Where is a picture of the manufacturing facility?

    In one photo the car is perched on an oceanside cliff, but the dashboard video shows a straight road & flat terrain.

    This is a fraud via very good photoshop, flash & web site design skills.

  49. Ike October 12, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    “actually, a minus sign would be good for reverse…doesn’t make sense on a brake”

    actually not. although tom may never read this, you people can get my view point on it.

    if you look at the car as accelerating/decelerating, then the + would mean you are increasing acceleration, while the – would be decelerating. although, when you make a turn you are technically accelerating as well…but if you look at accelerating meaning change in speed alone, then my theory works….

    and i definitely like the car idea, its inventive unlike all the run of the mill production cars out there today. when you see a lotus drive by, you turn your head, but when you see a toyota drive by, you cant tell the difference between it and a honda or nissan. THIS will turn heads.

    are they collecting $500 to get money for research? figure if they can get 1000 people to “deposit” $500, thats 1/2 million for research and development that isnt out of their pocket, even better if they can get 2-3000 people.

  50. josha October 12, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    will this be available to the uk and when and how much will it be?

  51. Richie October 12, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    I just noticed another ‘thing’ ! Do the drivers side and passenger side windows roll down ? If not… that’ s a deal killer for me.

  52. EW October 12, 2007 at 10:17 am

    Interesting concept, but keep it practical folks… How will this vehicle fare on the road with semis/tractor trailers? Any airbags, etc?

  53. Hemisphere Dancer October 12, 2007 at 6:19 am

    Tri-pod steering?! Have you ever tried to drive on the highway with this steering set-up? Oh yeah, it’s gonna happen. Suurrrreeeeee…I won’t hold my breath.

  54. Hemisphere Dancer October 12, 2007 at 6:16 am

    This car will not be built for the price they’re talking about or for the money. No bumper, sideview, rearview mirrors, wiperblades, seatbelts…just another battery dreamer.

  55. Sparky October 12, 2007 at 5:23 am

    Um… Tim from Australia…

    Seatbelts have been “compulsory” for auto makers in the USA since the 1960′s, and seatbelts with shoulder harnesses since the late 1970′s. Airbags are called “supplementary restraints” and are in addition to seatbelts. As to wearing seatbelts, most States have laws requiring them to be worn (21 States plus all territories). Nevertheless, insurance companies require them to be worn if you want coverage, and all States require insurance.

    Why is it those not in the USA seem to think they are the experts on the USA? Juts because it’s on the Internet or TV News doesn’t mean it’s true.

    By the way, if the automotive industry “played dirty” we wouldn’t be stuck with these terribly ugly and underpowered “feel good about myself” hybrid cars even though their use makes no environmental impact whatsoever (blocking out the sun or plugging up a volcano might start to impact the climate in a cooling manner). The Prius is an ugly gimmick with no power and no speed and no practical use in most places in the USA other than being smug in San Francisco or New York. If they “played dirty” we wouldn’t be with ridiculously ineffective and inefficient “emissions” systems that actually waste more energy (and release even more toxic gases than without) than gas engines ever did before.

    With that said (and vented) I think this car is pretty cool. I’m all for alternative vehicles as long as they are practical for their use, and add another item to the economy. Competition and a free market fueled by great ideas can make more of a difference both environmentally and in lifestyle than a bunch of naked whiners on a melting glacier singing “Kum-by-yah” worshiping Al Gore statues.blaming mankind for everything the Earth’s natural cycles bring.

    I don’t like smog or pollution at all. Nevertheless, improvement and change comes much easier and quicker when you approach it with giving incentives to change not punishments and threats. Don’t say I can’t buy leaded gasoline or I have to pay outrageous fees for a bi-annual emissions system check. How about instead offer me equal or better alternatives like this car and say “come and get it”. The market is far more powerful than rules and regulations that people out of spite will just ignore or circumvent.

    When technology has better alternatives to offer, the market is what makes the changes. Gasoline isn’t going away until marketable equivalents are available. Ingenuity and incentive is far more powerful an environmental changer than rules and restrictions.

    If organizations like Greenpeace and such would actually sit down with companies they hate and offer them equally profitable alternate means of doing business instead of just using dingies to block shipping etc, then they might actually get an end result that benefits everyone. What they don’t realize, and, frankly, understand about businesses, is that they are in business to make money and profit. If you show them how to do it differently, and effectively, with POSITIVE results to the company, and actually help them to change, then environmental activism would be much more effective. My father always said “you get more with honey than with vinegar.” Running around like a chicken with its head cut off blaming everyone for [insert problem here], advocating rules and regulations, will never ever work as well as finding a better alternative and making it marketable.

    Want to talk science? Real science? Which rat is better trained? Is it the one trained with positive re-enforcement or the one with negative re-enforcement? Fear and punishment was never a good motivator.

    Want to change the auto world? Make a better alternative to the Corvette, Ferrari, SUV, Cadillac or truck that gives the buyer the same or better experience but runs on an alternative fuel, and you WILL change the world. Don’t offer them useless crap like a Prius that isn’t practical (no trunk space), has no power (0-60 MPH in uh… six days), only 5-10 MPG better than fuel alone (typical), is butt ugly, has no leg room, and isn’t comfortable to drive long distances. Something with usefullness, has lots of power, looks good, has pep and is an equal ior better replacement for what the market already has out there is going to be the big changer. This car is a step in that direction.

  56. morgan October 12, 2007 at 4:39 am

    i think you’re all missing the big picture. the world is dramatically changing, and if we as a society, not just America, or other big nations, but as the people of earth, we’re not going to survive very well through the changes.

    We have the technology to live in a Green world, while it is still possible, but the world is corrupted with greed and money, something that is artificial. Life is the only thing that is real. imagine 20-50 years down the road, what are we going to do when robotics booms, and manual labor is outsourced to machines. just about Everything, from production, processing, medical, driving, Everything will become automated, and why? because company’s wont be able to afford not to downsize the human work force, when a robotic one can do it faster, better, and 24/7 365.

    The point of this car is to push the world in the direction it needs to go. if you were to buy one of these, and they’re relatively cheap for all the money people put into gas guzzling cars. you’re friends find out you pay 3-4 dollars for 300 miles.. they’re going to want one. the demand is going to grow, forcing other company’s down the track faster than they’re going now. the hybrids of today are a joke, just a wolf in sheep’s clothing, still keeping its consumers very dependent on oil. Embrace the future, Embrace life, before its too late.
    ~morg.

  57. Tim October 11, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    P.S. in australia we make seatbelts compulsory because without them airbags kill people. In the US your automotive industry played dirty to avoid compulsory seatbelts, and the net result is preventable deaths.

    Getting smacked in the head by an expanding bag of gas has been demonstrated to break infant’s necks. But these are more ethical than environmental issues… and as an aside, its interesting the overlap between being green and being ethical… those with a penchant for green seem to correlate with people looking for a high standard in business ethics. Good!

    Tim

  58. Tim October 11, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    Ah gee, I don’t like fish. Someone should redesign fish so it tastes like chicken.

    Love it for what it is, or jog on.

    Parts/maintenance would probably depend on how close you live to an airport that maintains light aircraft. It looks like aviation stuff to me.

    Bet it’s easy to hit your head on the door too. They claim that the cocoon system protects you, so its probably air and water tight untill you open a door to get out. Safety from airoplanes and F1 cars is their claim which should make the cabin indestructable… and should in theory absorb some shock as well… but have you noticed that plane and F1 car crash scenraios are tested with full body harnesses? that’s because otherwise you bounce around like a bug in a matchbox in a toddler’s pocket… and end up more closely resembling strawberry jam, than a person.

    It’s either a hoax, or a well designed product… It will either fail, or emerge successful. I don’t think you’ll see them on the road anywhere unless they really exceed the regulations.

    But for anyone who has invested into it… better call a lawyer and just make sure you know where your money has gone. At least there’s enough of you to file a class action if it is a hoax… or a flop.

  59. Bill Gross October 11, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    A few answers to some previous posts.

    The shape of the car might not look good to some people, but it’s essential to achieve the performance. Once you get above about 30 miles per hour, aerodynamic drag dominates. So if you want to really reduce the energy required to move 2 people from point A to point B, you need this shape. We started with that, and then tried to make the car as comfortable as possible. Right now,the total drag of this vehicle is more than 2.8 times less than a Prius, for example. That just means way less energy to move the vehicle.

    Another comment – someone asked about if it fits in a parking space. We’ll have to get the actual dimensions up on the site – and we will soon. But it does fit in a parking space. The car is just about the full wheelbase width of a typical car/car space.

    Bill

  60. Jim October 11, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    They market this as a way to be cooler than anyone with a Prius. Childish and typically eco-nut style.

    Also, 230 miles per gallon translated to how much the generator can charge per gallon. Fishy to me.

    Can this thing fit in a regular parking spot?

    Lastly, I think it is ugly as hell. Put another tire on and you might catch my eye.

  61. djfred October 11, 2007 at 6:49 pm

    @Kent Beuchert

    “plug-ins are characterized by their electric range, NOT by any goofy, arbitrary MPG figure that is totally meaningless.”

    For a guy who doesn’t like reading stuff “by those who haven’t a clue about their subject matter”, you sure seem pretty confused about yours. If you took the time to read the article you’d know that the Aptera is available in two configurations, one is pure electric and the other a electric/gas hybrid, which is the model to which the 300mpg refers to.

    But since your only claim to fame is going around posting disinformation about anything vaguely related to environmentalism, (just google his name) I’m sure you already knew that.

    I know you wouldn’t drive a car that looks like a mushroom but are you sure you haven’t been eating too many?

    @Mike Hopkin Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and they didn’t like it on Engadget either, but since it’s claim to fame is obviously it’s fuel efficiency and one of biggest the reasons that it’s so efficient is the aerodynamic shape, hiring designers to change the shape would sort of defeat the purpose.

  62. mr james October 11, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    it’s NOT from the future ! it’s from the 70′s

  63. brittany October 11, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    omg I love dis car… gimmeeeee

  64. Mike Hopkin October 11, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    I don’t care for this car. I can’t stand that one bit. I would not care at all if a car was hybrid or what not. Just make them look good, all the new ones are about as ugly as anything can be. Did the designers honestly thing that this looked good? If so I would hire new people to design the car it self.

  65. Richie October 11, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    To Mr. Jefe and Paul B.

    Cameras instead of mirrors seems a poor choice. cameras can fail to work. Mirrors work. Having both might be acceptable ? Also… positioning the screen display of the camera on the dash, means that you will look down to see it. I think that looking up to a rearview mirror on the windshield is safer.

    Are 3 wheels better than 2 ? And what about the extended away from the body wheel wells ?

  66. PEREZ October 11, 2007 at 11:29 am

    the only thing that bothers me about this car is that it claims to hold 2.5 people…
    .5 of a person being an infant or child..

    if this thing passes its crash safety test classified as a motorcycle that concerns me..

    i would never carry my infant or child on my motorcycle..so why then would i put them in this thing?

    i love the look and idea behind this, but its GOT to be safer if they expect it to carry the little ones..

  67. Great Car But October 11, 2007 at 11:00 am

    Ok, The Electric car thing is very cool this car is awesome pretty affordable but also

    what would happen if you were to hit a guard rail and this car and you are submerged in a lake is it basically an “Electrifying” outcome?

    If the car does good on crash ratings the only thing that worries me about it is if you are to end up in water by some sort of accident would you just be shocked to death?

  68. Paul B October 11, 2007 at 9:55 am

    @ Richie
    If you read the article, visit the site, or look at the pictures closely you’ll find that they have cameras instead of mirrors with a display on the dash. Those three panels above the steering wheel display the rear view.

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  71. Perry Ebel October 10, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    Does it bother anyone that the company offers no address or phone number? I have never seen a new offering by an unknown company, with little information available about the founders and financial backers. I sent an email to the web site with the above questions and to date, have seen no replies.
    I would love to invest in this car but am bothered by the above problems.

  72. Mr. Jefe October 10, 2007 at 5:39 pm

    If you read the website , it indicates that the diesel hybrid was only a prototype. There is no mention of Aptera planning on selling a diesel hybrid, only the plug in electric model, and another with a gasoline powered generator in addition to the battery pack. It does not have mirrors as it has a rear view camera instead, which it claims offers 180 degree visibility.

  73. EFriendly October 10, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    This car has a great design and the cost is incredibly affordable. I can’t wait to see these on the road.

  74. Dunand October 10, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    I bet that I will never see this car in Canada because of collision safety tests.

  75. Christopher P. October 10, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    Trikes are tricky to drive — while the concept of turning the whole little vehicle into a crash helmet/cacoon/space capsule is intriquing, there is still the problem of piloting the thing? Does one progress in training from motorcycle to side-car to Aptera, in order to master the drift and braking issues? Or, like the Segway, will Aptera need to do extensive driver-training programs at the factory? As a road vehicle, will it still have the problem of a harsh learning curve (death and injury in too many of its low-production vehicles in its early stages of sales)?

  76. Richie October 10, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    No Mirrors ? No rearview mirror is possible as there us no rear windshield. A small detail ? Probably not ! What about drivers and passenger side mirrors ?

    Is this car less wide than normal vehicle widths ? If so.. the wheels will not be clipped off by passing trucks when parked. Also… what about ‘potholes’ or rough terrain ? How will such exposed wheels fare in such ?

    Is it possible that the lack of mirrors is the clue ? The clue that informs us that this design is a ‘spoof’ ?

    If it’s real… there’s more work to be done here. Finding a way to make the car available for $20 to 23K is important… if it’s not a spoof that is.

    Also, how does this car build on other 3 wheel car designs, such as Buckminster Fuller’s ‘Dymaxion Car’ ???

  77. Poloynis October 10, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    I love this car.It looks smart, comfortable and progressive. It might not be the unltimate in sustainable transportation (a.k.a. walking), but it’s a well imagined and implemented step. Two questions: 1) Would I and my 1.5 passengers get blown off the edge of picturesque Hwy 1 in CA (though this would be green, seeing as we’d get recycled back into the food chain) and 2) how structurally sound is it if I had to take a roll or got into the crash? It looks egg-shaped, which worked for Mork from Ork, so maybe it’d hold up well.

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  79. Adam Davidson October 10, 2007 at 10:12 am

    My comment was somehow cut off, but with an asking price this low, the company must be genuinely well intentioned in designing and producing this vehicle. As for the design being unrealistic because it doesn’t appease your aesthetic tastes…get over it? For as many advantages this car has due to the aerodynamic characteristics of its “bug” look, I’m sure the market will get over the fact that it’s wholly atypical of current automotive design. Plus, the reason it pushed that envelop in design is because it IS a whole new animal.

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  81. Matt October 10, 2007 at 9:25 am

    What about crash repairs? Spare parts? Reverse parking?

  82. :P October 10, 2007 at 5:20 am

    A fantastically, environmentally friendly……..bug……eww, squash it!!! Please redesign with more realistic taste please!

  83. Tim October 10, 2007 at 4:16 am

    would be curious to find out whether the deisel motor is sufficient to sustain its charge, or does it have to be plugged in?

    Also, if you plug it in at half charge to leave it charging overnight, does that develop a battery memory? does it have to go flat to be ready to charge… and if so,,, how do you get the bloody thing home ones you’ve driven it flat?

    I’m only new to electric cars so this is all probably easily answered… but yeah!?

  84. s October 10, 2007 at 2:27 am

    do a reasonable search on the aptera and you can find many, many answers to your questions. safe? check. kilowatt hour? check. the beginning has only begun for them.

    elliot, more than real.

    S

  85. eco-a October 10, 2007 at 1:52 am

    Seating for 2.5 usually refers to 2 adults and one child. I agree, though, that their website is very sparse with the info.

  86. Adam Davidson October 10, 2007 at 1:49 am

    I agree; this car looks amazing. Also, the company goes about energy responsibility in much the same way I view it: the redesign of inefficient systems rather than retrofitting obsolete ideas with green tech. (see: most modern insulated box architecture) I didn’t read more than the flow of Aptera symbol boxes, but who started this company? With an asking price as low as

  87. asdf October 10, 2007 at 12:38 am

    coolio

  88. dora October 10, 2007 at 12:31 am

    Amazing. Is it real or just joke? How safety is it? The new era of mobility is coming.

  89. kent beuchert October 9, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    Ah, yes, that’ll be th eday when I plunk down $30K for a car built by a mushroom company. Get real, and
    plug-ins are characterized by their electric range, NOT by any goofy, arbitrary MPG figure that is totally meaningless. And one doesn’t plug in a 120 mile all-electric for “a few hours.” The battery pack is around 20 kWhrs and a 110/15 amp outlet ain’t gonna recharge it in no “few hours.” Say “12 hours at elast” and you will be in th eballpark. Oh, how I love to read media articles by thos who haven’t a clue about their subject matter.
    If you insist on trying to write about EVs and plug-ins, I’d start by learning what the hell a kilowatt hour is.
    Jerks, pure jerks.

  90. Patrick October 9, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    @Scott

    Your questions are answered after you click “Reserve your Aptera”

    They plan to ship in 12 months. The rear center seat is infant only.

    Sounds like it will come with lots of personalization and you’re invited to the factory to see it built and learn about it! sign me up!!

  91. elliot October 9, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    Like so many design blog posts, the objects featured may or may not be a physical reality. The posted objects represent what MAY be possible. This is the nature of blogs and, in posting these concepts, they have fulfilled their obligation and objectives.

    As far as this particular design is concerned, it has a great promise. But a mere $500. deposit for this vehicle seems totally unrealistic.

    Unless more verifiable information can be provided, I have grave doubts about the entire offering.

  92. Phy6 October 9, 2007 at 9:09 pm

    Oops, I forgot 3 wheels makes it a motorcycle, so crash tests a probably a lot different and cheaper!

  93. Phy6 October 9, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    The 0.5 passenger is a baby seat in the back.

    “We build with the consumer in mind, one who wants to make a bold statement for themselves and those around them” I see they are pandering to the bumper sticker mentality. =/ Now you can out-prius your neighbor and show her who REALLY cares about the environment!

    No crash test results, which cost $millions and would be necessary to sell in the US.

  94. Joe October 9, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    Yeah the “seating for 2.5″ seemed weird to me too. Maybe they mean kids?

    I would buy one of these in a second if they were *somewhat* affordable. The Tesla Electric is amazing if you have $100,000 to spend on a car. I’m looking for a commuter car to travel about 50 miles a day round trip. Nothing too fancy and nothing over $25,0000.

  95. Crash Test October 9, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    how does this thing hold up in an accident?

  96. Trisha October 9, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    This has to be one of the most amazing things I have ever seen!

  97. Kalean October 9, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    An interesting and futuristic car to be certain… but I bet it crumples like a paper bag in an accident. Shame, that.

  98. Tom October 9, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    actually, a minus sign would be good for reverse…doesn’t make sense on a brake

  99. David Fox October 9, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    They say they’re shipping in Q4, 2008. The PHEV will be $29k. 2 adults plus 1 child – actually very useful for a lot of people. A $500 deposit gets you on the list…I did and am really looking forward to driving it. This car is SO much more relevant than a Tesla.

  100. Scott October 9, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    Very cool! This thing just might be my next car, but I have two big questions (and their web site isn’t at all informative):
    1) When do they plan to start shipping cars?
    2) What the heck is seating for 2.5?

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