Aptera’s first product, a three-wheeled two-seater named the Aptera 2 Series, is currently under development, though they are accepting pre-orders from California residents.
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The fuel efficiency makes it one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the world. The name Aptera is Greek for “wingless,” a nod to their light-aircraft-inspired design and construction techniques.
The Aptera 2 Series will be a two seat, three wheeled passenger vehicle. It is planned to be available in both all-electric (2e) and series hybrid (2h) configurations, at prices ranging from mid-twenty to mid-forty thousand dollars. Aerodynamic optimization using simulations and light-weight composite construction yields a vehicle which consumes only 80 Wh/mi at 55 mph (89 km/h), about half the energy needed to propel the EV1. On the battery electric model, this means a 120-mile (190 km) range on 10 kWh of electricity, or around 340 mpg price equivalent. On the hybrid vehicle, it leads to projections of 130 mpg on gasoline alone, or 300 mpg if plugged in every 120 miles (190 km).
Some 4,000 people have put down a refundable $500 deposit to get one. Delivery first all-electric units to customers in October 2009, and the first hybrids in 2010.
Body style(s): 2-door three wheeled car
Layout: Front-engine, front-wheel drive layout
Engine(s): 2e: Electric motor 2h: Gasoline generator Transmission(s): 2e: Gear box 10:1 ratio 2h: Series hybrid layout
Curb weight: 1,500 lb (680 kg)
Fuel capacity: 10-13 KWh Lithium-ion battery
Electric range: 2e: 100 mi (160 km) 2h: 60 mi (100 km)