Sunday, December 23, 2007

APTERA:
A 300 MPG Car Laughs In the Face of Rising Oil Prices



The above car from Aptera is so aerodynamic that it has the same profile of the average windshield wiper. This allows the car to travel 120 miles on battery power alone or get 300 miles per gallon when the plug-in hybrid is running on petroleum. There is enough storage space to fit 15 bags of groceries, two full-size golf club bags or even a couple of seven foot surf boards. Safety has not been forgotten as Formula 1 technology is used to protect the passengers. Rollover strength exceeds the FMVSS(Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard) 216 and the doors also far EXCEED mandated strength requirements for passenger cars. No official top speed has been released but it is supposed to go over 85 mph.

Production begins in late 2008 with a cost of $26,900 for the all electric version and $29,900 for the plug-in hybrid version. Popular Mechanics has a video covering this very unique vehicle.

17 comments:

Andy from Beaverton said...

Why do you say it can travel 120mph on battery power alone and it is supposed to go over 85 mph???

Sparrow (in the coal mine) said...

Hello Andy,

120 mph was a typo. The plug-in hybrid can travel 120 MILES on the battery pack without the aid of a gasoline powered generator.

Thanks for reading and have a merry Christmas.

EliRabett said...

This is one of the competitors in an X challenge. One of the conditions is that you have to be set up to sell 10K of the entries.

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Hank Roberts said...

Anyone know if they're still there? The website is uninformative, though pretty.