The Aptera 2e, is a unique electric vehicle. It is a 3-wheeled 2 seat airplane-shaped vehicle that is a cross between a motorcycle and a commuter car. The first one has rolled off the production line, and they are expected to go into low volume series production in the fall of this year.
At the Technology Entertainment and Design (TED) conference the following specs were released. They reveal the car has a spectacularly low coefficient of drag of 0.15. Compare that to the current lowest production CD of the next gen Prius which will be 0.25. Furthermore we can see that the vehicle is a svelte 1500 pounds and due to these parameters, its small 10 - 13 kwn lithium ion battery pack gives it a 100 mile driving range. To keep that in perspective, the Tesla Roadster has a 52 kwh pack giving it about 250 miles of range, and the Chevy Volt has a 16 kwh pack giving it 40 miles of range, although the latter treats its pack very conservatively to allow 10 years/150,000 miles of operation.
The final cost of the Aptera 2e is not revelaed.
Aptera 2e Specifications:
53" high x 91.0" wide x 173" long
80.5" front track.
0.15 Coefficient of drag
5" ground clearance
1500 lbs curb wt.
Electric motor torque: 60FtLb torque
110v 15A charge time: 8 hrs.
Battery output: 10-13 KWh battery pack.
Battery voltage: 336V DC Nominal Tractoon Voltage
Transmission: Gear box 10:1 ratio
Battery Type: Lithium Ion PhosphateChassis:
Front Suspension: Independent unequal length A-arm
Rear Suspension: Swing Arm
Steering: Manual Steering, tilt steering column
Brakes: Manual Brakes, dual circuit brake hydraulics, mechanical brake proportioning, 3-wheel disc
Wheels: 14-inch High Strength Stamped Steel wheels
Range: Up to 100 miles per charge
Features: (S=standard, O=optional)Interior:
Push Button Start: S
Electronic shift PRNDL (shift controller): S
AM/FM/MP3/WMA with 5 speakers and MP3/Smart Phone Connectivity: S
DVD Navigation System: O
Power up/down windows with Driver side one-touch and anti-pinch: S
Power automatic door locks with anti-lockout feature: S
Center console armrest with two cup holders: S
Overhead mounted LED Dome Lights: S
Recycled Fabric-trimmed seats and door panels: S
Leatherette (recycled materials) trimmed steering wheel: S
Defroster-linked CFC-free automatic climate control with electric inverter compressor air conditioning: S
One 12V auxilliary power outlets and One 12V USB Outlet: S
Retractable passenger-assist grips at all doors: S
Dual color-keyed power outside mirros: S
Aerodynamic multi-reflector halogen headlamps: S
Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers: S
Rear window defogger with timer: S
Rear Electronic rear hatch locking system (sic): S
Solar Energy-Reflecting glass: S
Smart Key System (Proximity locking/starting) Maintenance key & cylinder to prevent accidental lock out: S
Remote keyless entry system with 2-stage unlocking, panic function and remote illuminated entry: S
Backup camera: O
Driver and front passenger Airbag System: S
Front and rear crumple zones and side-impact door beams: S
Engine immobilizer: S
Center high-mount stop lamp: S
Emergency Tire inflation system: S
3-point front outboard seatbelts with adjustable shoulder anchors and driver-side Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR), front passenger Automatic/Emergency Locking Retractor (ALR/ELR): S
Driver and front passenger seatbelt with seat belt starter interlock: S
Direct Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS): S
Anti-theft system: O