APTERA Diesel-Electric Hybrid Car On Sale Now!

by , 10/09/07

Aptera, diesel-electric car, hybrid concept car, hybrid automobile, aptera hybrid, green transportation, sustainable car, green cars, sustainable transportation, transportation tuesdays

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.

Aptera, diesel-electric car, hybrid concept car, hybrid automobile, aptera hybrid, green transportation, sustainable car, green cars, sustainable transportation, transportation tuesdays

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.

+ Aptera Motors

Via Gizmodo.com

Related Posts


or your inhabitat account below


  1. pathros October 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    When will these cars be available?

  2. tommy100-2 July 14, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    i was an interested party before ,id like to continue

  3. David Forbus February 23, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Wouldn’t it be cool if Tesla bought out the rights to this, fixed the technical problems, and produced them?

  4. Bikertrash September 19, 2013 at 12:54 am

    All you can do is dream. Aptera Motors went broke.

  5. willzell August 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    What does it cost to insure it?

  6. tablet pc pens December 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    I have been browsing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be much more useful than ever before.

  7. Bob Renwick October 16, 2011 at 7:44 am

    I’m currently driving a Camry hybred, I’m sneeking in at 50 miles per gallion if I use the cruise control a lot. What can I expect to get with this car? How far can I go on a tank of fuel? How far can I go using only electric? Will this car be able to travel at 120kms/hr? Where is this car made? Is there a warranty? Where would I get it serviced? Can you give me a complete price list with options?

  8. wellness April 29, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    how do you buy this vehicle, you never see any on the road. Is it a dream car or is it real?

  9. Shawcam April 19, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Come to Florida PLEASE! Tell me what it would take. I ‘ll drive one up to Gov. Rick Scotts private jet, and ask if he needs a ride. The bullet trains are not coming anytime soon, so the Aptera would be so cool stuck in traffic on I-4

  10. leahcim March 19, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I’ve been watching the web site for a few years now to see how much the vehicle would be priced at: 27k and if it will be available in Texas. Just like Tesla, they have to address the problem of parts, service, dealerships issues. Even though I’d love to have one, I’m not in a position to take the finacial risk of purshasing suck a leading edge vehicle. However, ( like everyone else here ) I’d be happy to drive it, promote it, and give it a lot of exposure here in Texas!

  11. xAndroidx18x February 11, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I’m only 17 and looking at this in school, personally I think this car looks bad ass but then again when I think about it not only does it look bad ass but its enviromentally friendly! When i get enough money, I will deffinatly consider buying this car! it looks so futuristic… Like somthing from the year 2300 or somthin..

  12. willie517 January 4, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    When and where can I buy one? I’m located in ohio.

  13. geo December 15, 2010 at 4:44 am

    it is very nice car i love the style of that car what is the real worth of that car?/???? its on sale?

  14. Paris Barks October 29, 2010 at 8:45 am

    An execllent write-up with correct points, I have been a lurker right here for some time but hope to be far more engaged soon.

  15. hcm.esq August 22, 2010 at 12:40 am

    When is the Aptera available?

  16. johnmclrn February 27, 2010 at 4:03 am

    I don’t see what’s special about that calculator. Looks like all the others out there.

    My point was that for most people spending is too much, if you want to have a life and possibly save for retirement too.

    The site you linked is nothing more than a basic calculator, something that excel can churn out all day. Am I missing something? Is there something special about this one?
    Nice Web site.



    Cheap Low Priced Cars

  17. maher January 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    realy i think it will be a fantastic car but i dont have money to buy it if the company will give me one its ok i am the first one in driving cars in egypt no; 0129485858

  18. SlowhandMcQueeg June 12, 2009 at 12:06 pm


    This porduct has been advertised as shipping in late 2007

    Mid 2008

    early 2009

    and now late 2009.

    It is already mid 2009 and still they have not gotten a production facility lined up? Guess what people, you ain’t gonna go from no production facility to production in 5 months. And you surely don’t want one of the first coupla hundred cars off that assembly line, you want them to have worked out the production and manufacturing bugs first.

    Reality = Cool idea. But other than their coupla prototypes (which actually get no where near the mileage they claim when independaently evaluated) they have nothing.

  19. daspifster May 1, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Wow, the Aptera is such an amazing car! I am still not sure if I would prefer the hybrid or all electric version. Have you seen the Loremo? It seems to have a lot of potential as well.

    Have you seen the sledge hammer challenge? They have a standing offer of $100 for anyone who can put a dent in it with a sledge hammer. Also I hear that they are building and crushing them, but I can’t find any crash test videos yet. You can find the sledge hammer video along with other great info, videos, and pictures of the Aptera the Loremo and several other green vehicles at http://www.EcoSoln.com .

  20. AW April 6, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    So I\’ve read some of the comments here, some are ignorant and others have viable questions. All I\’ve got to say is if an aircraft carrier can run for 20 years on one nuclear fillup then give me a nuclear powered vehicle and I will wear a lead jock strap. All joking aside I\’m wondering how soon they will release this vehicle to the rest of the nation? I\’m ready to buy one.My commute is about 20 miles per day and this makes so much sence to me,the vehicle reminds me of my airplane.I figure I\’ll use this vehicle around town and for my daily commute then if I need to travel cross country I will either fly my airplane or rent a vehicle. Since I rarely travel long distances in an auto 100 miles per charge will do me just fine. So what happens when you push the limit and you run out of volts, get a long extension cord? As to someones comment about sharing the highway with eighteen wheelers I ride a motorcycle and don\’t seem to have an issue, why would the Aptera? If the batteries have a life of let\’s say 10 years and then you have to buy new ones for 3-5K then the miles per gallon cost sure blew through the roof also consider what will happen in a few short years as battery technology advances, your 100 mile range vehicle is now capable of lets say 400 miles so you now trade in your old battery pack for the new one for a cool 3K and there goes your miles per gallon calculation out the friggin window again.

  21. John E. Fidler March 6, 2009 at 9:07 am

    COME-ON, APTERA. Texas is ready…right now for Type-1 like PLUG-IN/HYBRIDs, some city-folk even want your pure Type 1e! We (in Texas) have the wide-open flat terrain, the sun and much more lenient Environmental standards then California and other fine states agree we need you ALL over, not just in California! And California NO-LONGER has Anti-Diesel laws (‘cept locally). New Diesel Technology is so-o-o much cleaner, NOT like my old German Diesel.

  22. John E. Fidler March 6, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Like most “FORWARD LOOKING” Americans say, “I want one!” (They are STILL limited to California) Why can’t General Motors or Chrysler build something this new in style or simply will APTERA just get the U.S.Government funding to buy-out G.M & Chrysler Dealerships globally to update the automotive industry in America with American products? Is an APTERA/Burt Rutan OTR “Snake” Tracker /Trailer rig next? I picture, Solar collectors covering the entire roof of massive Trailers. (“Got your ears on, good buddie?”)…THE Independent Truckers CAN return! Affordably!!!!!

  23. someguy42737 February 9, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    thats cool almost 300mpg youll save so much per year and its less then most of the new cars people are getting
    when with the money you save for gas on this u could by a couple of them a year. almost like a huge RC

  24. Arch Angle October 22, 2008 at 3:02 am

    It\’s a jarring sight, but with the increasing plethora of Personal Electric Vehicles being designed, and the increasing willingness of the general public to make adjustments away from gas economy, I can see more of these types of vehicles on the road in the near future. Once they start appearing, I bet there will be a snowball effect, and these lighter PEV\’s will lose their stigma as \”toys\”, and may even come to characterize the bulk of traffic, eventually. As for futuristic design, I say why not, let\’s bring some style back into our lives and start living like the frikkin\’ 21st century! I can see a real variety in design coming into the humdrum copycat crap that dominates our roads today.

    Safety is of course an important issue which this company is addressing. But anyone who drives on an interstate knows that 18 wheelers are the real challenge to be overcome. These roads have become monstrous in my lifetime. 18 wheelers often violate the speed limit and make poor decisions; but then lots of people like to tailgate at 75+mph. There needs to be a *revolution* in public traffic habits. I\’m not wishing – I\’m saying the effing truth and I mean it.

  25. fincenMIB October 13, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Well OK! I went ahead and put a $500. deposit down for a future Aptera! I will have 5k in my Geo Metro experiment and as I work in the edge of sales, via marketing, the Aptera would make a great ice breaker conversation piece. Its refundable, so I dare the rest of you to do the same!

  26. fincenMIB October 13, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Well if it goes into production by 2010 I will likely buy one. Last week I bought a Geo on ebay. I am dropping a low mileage Japanese engine in to replace a tired one. A 3 cyclinder, 5 speed, I already got 46-55 mpg and
    the engine was sucking oil. Aptera is to far out for my current needs, but driving a Geo, instead of my Ford Ranger, means trading some safety and comfort.

    After a Transportation Safety crash test and some clues to who will service these vehicles, the investment for those of us that still drive 4,000 plus miles per month, makes some level of sense. I have had motorcycles and certainly they were a safety consideration and or trade off as well. I am in my second Geo Metro and know what to expect. I have had a head on collision (37 years ago), so I can factor that experience into the potential benefit and risk of driving a light weight 3 wheeler.

    My business puts me on the road and increased transportation cost can put me out of business. Its all about benefit and with an extended driving range, for some of us the Aptera makes sense.

  27. Jay in Illinois September 14, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    I want an Aptera right now. I could easily save ~$2000 per year with this kind of mileage. I have a family of 6 therefore I can not give up on gasoline BUT I see this vehicle as an excellent commuter car for work and maybe quick trips in town.

    Hurry up and sell this car in the midwest.


  28. jjboss1 August 25, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Is the diesel available now? If so where do I go to purchase mine? I am ready today!
    Jim 1901 Enterprise Ave
    League City
    Texas 77573

  29. freeshrimper June 8, 2008 at 10:43 am

    4 wheels makes a CAR 3 wheels makes a MOTORCYCLE who wants a 20k motorcycle

  30. ecofriendly June 1, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    I have been driving a hybrid since 2000. Potentially this design could relieve the gas pressure in the market.
    Buy the hybrid model as pure electric is not practical. I will gladly purchase this vehicle to compare it to the one I have, which by te way had $ 36,000,000 in R&D at Honda before they mastered the design.
    It is a step in the right direction!!

  31. puzdero May 28, 2008 at 1:53 pm


  32. Desparate In Dixie April 26, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Crackers has stated the obvious point that has kept this technology from flourishing for decades. Remember the Tucker? But anyone that has ever had mustang fever or gone to an antique car show can plainly see that the emergence of new technology does not mean the extinction of the old. This is America and we can have anything we want if we are willing to do what it takes to have it. Electric does not have to replace gas, it just needs to help with the gas pains. When I play golf, I prefer a gas powered cart but electric will do fine. Both have their place. We cannot give in to fear in ANY aspect of our lives. That is no way to live. Take the chance. Do something different and see how many people come on board. Give one of this things to Schwarzenegger (sp?) and Hillary then make ’em campaign in it. Hell, a month later it’ll be a law to have one. Fine with me as long as they never legalize them at NASCAR!

  33. axellance April 26, 2008 at 2:54 am

    The aptera site claims it can comfortably accomadate any person up to a higth of 6’5″ you can find out much more acout this car at http://www.aptera.com

    it has also been mentiond that this car may not be safe aptera says there car will far excees standad crash test ratings for passanger cars even though it is classfies as a motor cycle which saves you mony on inshurance.

  34. blakedratcliff@cox.net April 25, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    How is this for a tall person. I am 6’4″ and over the years have experienced a number of automobile options that would not accomodate my frame.

  35. CrackersSouth March 30, 2008 at 11:39 am

    After reading all the comments on this forum, both positive and negative, I’m surprised no one has made reference to the EV1…. the totally electric car made by General Motors in the mid 90″s, also destroyed by the same company (www.ev1.org) and the biggest joke of all was, GM sold the patent for the NiMH batteries which were able to go 300 miles per charge, to Chevron Oil.. Sorry folks, this isn’t about the enviroment or being green, it’s about money, stockholders, and investors. Give the public a hybrid and everyone’s happy right ?? The car companies still manufacture the 100 year old internal combustion engine, and the oil companies still sell fuel, and all the spin off companies that supply auto parts such as mufflers, tail pipes, spark plugs, oil filters, etc are still making a profit. The only loser is us, YOU and me, for we will still pay $4 a gallon for fuel.. Think about how much unemployment this electric vehicle will cause if it’s successful. It’s certainly going to worry a lot of shareholders, but hey, here’s an idea. Let’s buy the patent and shelve it. Don’t laugh, it’s happened before. I honestly hope that the Aptera is successful, but I can’t help wondering if it’s success will lead to it’s death….When you play with the Big Boys, be prepared, the little kid always goes home crying.

  36. CrackersSouth March 30, 2008 at 10:43 am

    After reading all the comments posted on this forum, both positive and negative, I can\’t believe no one has made reference to the EV1, a totally radical car made by General Motors in the mid \’90\’s…. also destroyed by the same company (see http://www.ev1.org) This vehicle was capable of getting 300 miles per charge, was totally independant of using oil and the biggest joke of all was, after the car was scrapped, GM sold the patent for the NiMH batteries to Chevron Oil…… Totally electric, no way, but give the public a Hybrid and both the car manufacture\’s and oil companies win. Sorry people, it\’s not about the enviroment, or being green, it\’s about money, stock holders and investors. I wish the Aptera well, but I fear that if it is successful, the patent will be bought and this vehicle will be shelved… it\’s death will be due to it\’s success.

  37. Larry March 19, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    The car looks like just what our nation needs. I’d certainly consider buying one. Oh, by the way, KB, why don’t you come up with something rather than just putting negatives on this site?

  38. Larry March 19, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    The car looks and sounds like just what this nation needs. I’d certainly considewr buying one. The guy with the most negative things to say (KB) probably owns a slug od oil stock and the thought of something getting 300 mpg frightens him. Gas is already $3+/galloon and we all know its not going to stop here. The video shows what appears to be a great car.

  39. Nizar March 18, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    I would to know how much is it? $$$$
    look like an airplane it need joy stick

  • Read Inhabitat

  • Search Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

  • Browse by Keyword

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
Federated Media Publishing - Home