Aptera 2e

  • Aptera 2e development prototype at company offices in Vista, California

    This story is now a couple of weeks old, but we haven't hurried to publish it. The gist is that the unique Aptera three-wheeled electric car is supposedly going to be reborn, and will return to the U.S. market sometime next year. A new company, Aptera USA, purchased the assets of the old Aptera after its December shutdown--including the designs and the trademark for the plastic-bodied 2e electric car. That car had been put on the back burner back in January 2011, when the company turned its attention to a four-wheel vehicle in an ultimately futile attempt to win low-interest loans from the...

  • Employees of Aptera Motors, Vista, California, on the day it closed, Dec 2, 2011
    Aptera Collapse: How & Why It Happened, A Complete Chronology

    It's not the best photo, but it means a lot to the 19 people in it. Posed in front of a mirrored glass office building under a colorful logo, they are the final employees of the now-defunct Aptera Motors on the last day of its existence: Friday, December 2. Now we can bring you the inside...

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    Aptera Founder Steve Fambro Gives First Interview Since Leaving Company

    Steve Fambro, the man behind the revolutionary and futuristic design that was the Aptera 2e electric car, 2h plug-in hybrid and 2g ultra-high mpg gasoline car, is breaking silence and giving his first public interview today on the online green transport show TransportEvolved. Hosted by our very own...

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    Aptera Staff Smash Prototype Electric Cars As Company Folds

    At the end of last week we broke the news that Aptera, the company responsible for the futuristic three-wheeled electric car known as the Aptera 2e was closing down. Now a series of YouTube videos have surfaced showing people we assume to be Aptera employees wilfully destroying Aptera body shells...

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    RIP Aptera: Lessons For Startup Electric-Car Companies

    On Friday, Aptera CEO Paul Wilbur sent out an email with the news that the Aptera 2e -- the all-electric, two-seat, ultra-efficient car we’ve awaited for nearly five years -- wouldn’t be making it into production. As the long, drawn-out story that has been Aptera’s existence...

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    Aptera: There’s Something Coming, But We Can’t Tell You What

    In the electric auto industry there are three types of car companies: Those who bring a successful electric car to market, those who bring an unsuccessful electric car to market, and those who perpetually claim their ground-breaking electric car is “coming soon”. California-based Aptera...

  • Aptera 2e, photo by Jason H. Harper

    Aptera Motors - the Californian automaker which has been telling us for five years that it would revolutionize the world of electric vehicles - might be refunding each and every person who had put down a reservation for its 2e electric car, but it is not dead, Aptera CEO Paul Wilbur has said. It’s just moving. Once it’s actually found somewhere to move to, that is. In a short and strangely amnesic email which doesn’t even mention refunds, banks or waiting lists, Aptera details its continuing search to find a state which understands how tough it is to make an electric car. A...

  • Aptera 2e development prototype at company offices in Vista, California
    Futuristic Electric-Car Dream Dead? Aptera To Refund Deposits

    It was great while it lasted, but the dream of being able to buy a sleek, three-wheeled Aptera 2e electric car seems to be receding into the distance. A month ago, the company stopped taking deposits for new Apteras, blaming an issue with the escrow account in which they were held. Now, the company...

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    Aptera Answers Our Questions, Shares No New Information

    Last week we told you that Aptera Motors had temporarily halted its online reservation system for its three-wheeled, two seat, ultra-efficient 2e electric car. Unusually quiet since its failure to win the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize, we contacted Aptera to check everything was okay and...

  • Aptera Reservation Webpage Taken off line.
    Want an Aptera? You Can’t Reserve One (For Now)

    Remember Aptera, the firm whose futuristic three-wheeled, two-seat 2e electric vehicle promised to revolutionize the way we travelled back in 2007? After a series of technical issues and poor performance prevented it from winning the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize last year...

  • Aptera 2e development prototype at company offices in Vista, California
    Aptera Struggles Toward Production Of 3-Wheel Electric Car, Maybe

    One of the most remarkable--and most delayed--of the promised new generation of electric cars is the three-wheeled Aptera 2e. The unusual, highly aerodynamic vehicle was designed by a startup automaker in Southern California. The resin-bodied car was a finalist at last year’s Auto X-Prize...

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    Aptera Ditches San Diego As Home of Electric Car Factory, Blames Economics

    Remember Aptera, the plucky San Diego firm responsible for the three wheeled Aptera 2e electric car which resembles an airplane but is technically a motorcycle? After the firm lost out in last year’s Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize it went mysteriously silent, save for the occasional...

  • Aptera 2e production intent vehicle

    Nissan may have got heat recently for its long, drawn out and significantly delayed rollout of the 2011 Nissan Leaf, but it isn’t the only company struggling to fulfil its own sales figures for 2011. Over the past two years there have been a whole barrage of cars which were promised to the consumers by the end of the first quarter of 2011. But how many of those cars have actually made it to production and are in the hands of eager owners? Here’s our list of 5 electric cars we were assured would be here by early 2011 but which seem to have got a little delayed in the process...

  • Li-Ion Motors Wave II, Progressive Automotive X-Prize winner.
    Good Sports: How The Auto X-Prize Became A Lesson In Sharing

    As your mother probably told you, it’s polite to share. But while we’ve all probably shared candy, the occasional pretzel and perhaps even a car into work, how many of you would share a $2.5 million prize fund with the people you just beat? That’s exactly what has happened with...

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    Aptera 2e Prototype: First Drive

    As electric cars make their way to market, one funky little vehicle has captured plenty of attention for its unusual looks. That would be the Aptera 2e. The car is more than just an exercise in styling: Aptera plans to bring the car to market in late 2011. To that end, the company has been bringing...

  • Li-Ion Motors Wave II, Progressive Automotive X-Prize winner.
    BREAKING: Aptera Loses Automotive X-Prize, Li-Ion Motors Triumphant

    For the past few years, small and medium-sized automakers have looked towards the prestige of winning the Progressive Insurance Auto-X Prize. for the X-Prize. Initially set up as a way of encouraging innovation and inspiring the next generation of fuel efficient vehicles, the Automotive X-Prize has...

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    Electric Car Buying Guide

    We've been watching it roll closer for years, and now it's all but here: A new era of electric cars. Just three or four months from now, the first highway-capable electric vehicles sold in volume by global automakers will appear in showrooms in California and other regions. By the end of 2011...

  • Aptera 2e during Automotive X-Prize handling tests, from Consumer Reports video on YouTube
    After The Auto X-Prize, What Next For Aptera's Electric Car?

     Will video and time kill the Aptera star? Will Detroit? Or will the Auto X-Prize pull the final punch? As the field has been whittled down from 136 to just 9 contenders for the chance to win part of the elusive $10 million prize fund, we've watched electric vehicles dominate the event. For one...

  • Aptera 2e, photo by Jason H. Harper

     While Nissan and Chevrolet fight it out to become the number one consumer electric vehicle of 2010, six electric vehicle companies most consumers will have never heard of are battling it out to become $10 million richer. That's the prize fund the winner of the Auto X-Prize could take home in September. The competition's purpose is to inspire a new generation of ultra-fuel efficient vehicles, capable of achieving over 100 miles to the gallon of fuel. For electric vehicles, that means travelling 100 miles or more on the energy equivalent of one gallon of gasoline. It's not been easy. After a...

  • Aptera 2e during Automotive X-Prize handling tests, from Consumer Reports video on YouTube
    Aptera ‘Fixes’ Door-Opens-When-Cornering Issue, Puts 2e on Diet

    It's the start of the month, which means it's time for another newsletter from Aptera, the company struggling against the odds to launch its ultra-aerodynamic, ultra-futuristic three-wheeled electric vehicle by the end of 2011. According to Aptera the vehicle is going through some more redesigns...

  • Aptera 2e during Automotive X-Prize handling tests, from Consumer Reports video on YouTube
    Aptera Grits Its Teeth, Glosses Over Auto X-Prize 2e Handling Issue

    Optimism is a useful thing for a startup company, maybe even a requirement. But the April newsletter from Aptera Motors, which is struggling to launch its ultra-aerodynamic three-wheeled electric vehicle in the face of delays and funding constraints, smooths over some crucial handling issues with...

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    Remy Electric Motors Provide 200 Mile Range For Aptera 2e

    Earlier this week Californian start-up Aptera unveiled its official pre-production prototype for its upcoming 2e electric vehicle, along with many of the specs for the final full-production model to come in about 11 months--once the final financing hurdle is cleared that is. There will be several...

  • Aptera 2e development prototype at company offices in Vista, California
    Wait A Month For Details of 2e Electric Car, Aptera Says

    On Friday, Aptera held its first online Town Hall Meeting--a chat among eager followers and some of the Aptera marketing team. Their intent, according to the opening spiel,  was to "reduce some of the mystery around the company and open our supporters and depositors up to some of the great things...

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    Making EVs is Easy; Making GOOD EVs Is Hard, and Costly

    We're now well and truly on the road to plug-in vehicle nirvana, with the 2011 Nissan Leaf, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, and various other plug-in and electric vehicles due to hit the market within the next couple of years. But there now seem to be hundreds of car companies, enthusiastic business...

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