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A former member
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Bill S
Fair Oaks, CA
Post #: 196
Excellent detail in video with Steve Fambro founder and chief engineer. I can't wait!

A former member
Post #: 221
That Aptera is so cool. I'm drooling. Last time I drooled like this was as a kid looking at a glossy of the schwinn bicycle product line.

As I watched the video and made my way through the 11 pages I kept thinking back to the adverts BMW placed in Scientific American in the 70s. BMW then had full and two page ads saying they would *NEVER* succumb to aerodynamic fads. I wonder if BMW has finally seen the light? This Aptera car has a .11 coefficient of drag that is great. It is what's needed for fuel efficiency here on southern california highways. Yet I can't help but wonder if they could make it even more efficient. Those wheels that stick out in the front beg for a redesign.

Also it does not seem very comfortable. The thought of having to place my shoulders in to the "cock-pit" and then move my legs in to the cabin, as they described, won't work for the general populace. How can you possibly eat, drink, etc., while being strapped down almost horizontally like an astronaut?

When will they produce 4 seaters and what will vehicles for the soccer mom look like?

And a top end speed of only 90 mph? Get real! Most people, including myself, drive well beyond 90 mph whenever possible. What's stopping the car at 90mph? Does it start to become airborne? It looks like it might fly away!

Regardless of the above limitations I love it. I'd like to order one right now. How do we do that?
A former member
Post #: 2
Aptera is taking pre-orders as we speak.....Right now as of this writing there are close to 1,000 pre-orders for the Aptera....You will need to lay down $500.00 as a down payment and there is two models to chose from.....One is about 26K and the other model is just under 30K

The free Yahoo group I joined today is packed with information and has the link for the odering page.....The URL for the Aptera Yahoo group is below.....Hope this helps you out.

A former member
Post #: 224
I'd join the group but I don't want to get a yahoo id. (I tried for 10 minutes trying to remember what my old one was with no luck and then the principle of the thing, them forcing me to use yahoo, kicked in.)
Bill S
Fair Oaks, CA
Post #: 209
New videos with detail on design & schedule of Aptera. They will be moving a bigger building and have more models planned! This definitely looks for real.

A former member
Post #: 10
Aptera, meaning "wingless flight", is an "apt" name for the stunning aerodynamically-shaped Typ-1e prototype vehicle. Housed for research and development since 2006 in an undisclosed location coincidentally adjacent to the Carlsbad Airport, the 2-seat Typ-1 is designed to be the most efficient production vehicle in the world.

The Typ-1e prototype shown publicly for the first time last Friday 3/21/08 at Aptera's Carlsbad headquarters looks, sounds, and possibly weighs a bit like a hummingbird cruising along at ground level. Build from recycled, recyclable, and organic materials wherever possible, the advanced design provides a safety rating three times greater than a standard Honda sedan.

Zero-60 in ten seconds with a top-speed of 85 mph and range of 120 miles on a full charge, the 1e or Aptera Local all-electric is ideal for an "around the county" daily driver for up to 2 adult passengers and one tiny one or a couple arm-fulls of groceries or a surfboard or two. According to Aptera representatives, with third-round financing now secured for manufacturing, the 1e is scheduled to start rolling off the assembly line beginning in December 2008.

The Aptera Everywhere hybrid model 1h becomes available a few months later and expects a range of 600-700 miles with a computed equivalent of 300 mpg. The existing 1100 reserved pre-orders will have priority over the initial year's production with showroom sales throughout Southern California beginning afterwards, anticipating a gradual ramp-up of production to 10,000 units per year.

With three wheels, the Aptera Typ-1 is classified by the DMV as a motorcycle, but since fully-enclosed, no helmet or driver license Motorcycle endorsement is required. The Typ-1 is permitted in the HOV lane with one passenger, but with the width and footprint of an ordinary compact automobile, splitting lanes or tandem driving is unlikely.

At just under $30,000, the vehicle purchase includes a $30/trip remote house-call service station for most routine maintenance needs. With a minimum of moving parts, these visits should be rare. The current battery technology has an expected lifespan of 14 years, and an estimated $6000-8000 replacement cost.

Aptera co-founders CEO Steve Fambro and COO Chris Anthony seemed to be excited about additional plans for what lies ahead for Aptera vehicles, but were mysteriously vague on exactly what they had up their sleeves. Pre-orders remain available for a $500 deposit on the website as of this writing, but the program is reportedly ending soon. Test drives are not yet provided.­

by Keith Pilotti for the San Diego Earth Times

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San Diego, CA

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Bill S
Fair Oaks, CA
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