Friday, March 13, 2009

Mr. Aptera Heads To Washington

From an Aptera press release:

VISTA, Calif. (Mar. 12, 2009) – The Obama Administration has established a goal for the U.S. transportation industry: put 1 million plug-in hybrid cars on the road by 2015; cars built in America that get up to 150 miles per gallon. In the fourth quarter of this year, Aptera Motors in Vista, Calif., just north of San Diego, will begin manufacturing its 2e plug-in, an all-electric three-wheeled two-seater that gets the equivalent of over 200 mpg, goes 100 miles on a single charge and has a top speed of 90 mph.

However, because the aerodynamically designed vehicle has a three-wheeled architecture -- which, according to Aptera engineers, improves highway efficiency by more than 25 percent due to lower resistance and weight -- the Department of Energy is not permitted to grant a loan. As a matter of law, the DoE is adhering to the Advance Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program, which makes funds available to support the development of fuel efficient vehicles – currently limited to four-wheeled vehicles.

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Anonymous said...

What does Aptera offer as far as safety for the car? My biggest concern would be getting sideswiped by a truck or something and what would happen if say a tire blew and the car flew 30 feet end over end into an industrial pond?

FYT said...

Their roll-cage was designed to be stronger than a formula one race car.

The lightness of the vehicle would in their own tests be lifted rather than crushed.

The important thing to consider - is any car safe? I've been involved in one severe accident that resulted the car flipping over 3 times - no airbag deployed and the roll bar collapsed - it was a miracle I survived.

I've seen an accident with my daughter where no airbag deployed in an equally shocking crash to see in aftermath.