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Just ask Kermit the frog – sometimes it’s not easy being green. With press access at the TED conference restricted to a point where they should simply hang out a sign saying “startup bloggers not welcome,” it has been a challenge to cover the goings on. Yes, the PR strategy of not letting anyone cover your conference doesn’t make much sense to us, either, but luckily we have Aptera co-founder and current CTO Steve Fambro who invited a fan on a ride-along and even let him tape the whole thing.
Fambro didn’t hold back in his briefing on the vehicle, covering the power charging options, internet connectivity, changes to the wheelspan and various other changes to the already fourth-generation prototype. Although this is the fourth generation of the vehicle, Fambro predicts significant further changes before they enter final production.
The cool factor of this car is off the hook. Since the car resembles a spaceship the number of gawks and stares the car gets at stoplights seems comparable to a Ferrari. The cool factor continues on the inside, with the car able to calculate EV-specific things like the greenest route to a destination and the location of nearby charging stations.
The Aptera will enter production in 2009.