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The Aptera Typ-1.

Aptera has officially introduced the all-electric and plug-in gasoline series hybrid (extended range electric vehicle, EREV) versions of its Typ-1 three-wheeled vehicle. (Earlier post). Both versions will be priced at less than $30,000.

The all-electric model has a range of 120 miles. The plug-in series hybrid has achieved more than 300 miles per gallon with a total range of more than 600 miles. All-electric range is between 40 and 60 miles. The electric version is slated for delivery in 2008, with the EREV model to follow.

Since the Typ-1e (electric) and the Typ-1h (plug-in series hybrid) have different battery needs, this may result in different battery manufacturers for the two models. The Typ-1e is designed to use a 10 KWh pack, while the Typ-1h uses a smaller pack. The cycles and DOD (depth of discharge) are different for both applications. Aptera will announce further information regarding the battery lifespan and warranty policy well before it begins manufacturing the Typ-1.

Although the first Aptera prototype used a parallel diesel hybrid powertrain, the company found that “it’s impossible” to get a small diesel engine certified for emissions in California. Aptera switched to a small, water-cooled EFI gasoline engine with closed loop oxygen feedback and catalytic converter coupled to a 12 kW starter/generator for its Typ-1h.

Solar cells embedded under the roof operate an always-on climate control system, ensuring the interior never gets too hot or too cold.

The Aptera Typ-1 safety features include a front crumple zone, a front end that re-directs crash energy in a frontal impact, steel and composite side and rollover protection as well as driver and passenger side airbags.

The car has “two plus one” seating offering room for driver and passenger while an infant seat (for newborns to age three) can be located in the middle behind them.

Fully refundable reservation deposits of $500 are now being accepted from California residents on the Aptera website (http://www.aptera.com). The company will initially deliver vehicles in Southern California, then in northern California and to other regions nationwide. To date, the company has received more than 400 pre-sale deposits.

Aptera is backed by Idealab and Esenjay Investments with initial financing allocated to building the Typ-1 all-electric and plug-in hybrid prototypes. Aptera is currently raising additional capital to begin manufacturing.

Comments

matt

Perfect lightweight commuter vehicle - if they show reasonable performance (speed not listed??) and crash stats and get them over the border to AZ, they've got my $$ in a heartbeat !

sjc

If they can sell 1000 Tesla roadsters at $100,000 each, maybe they can sell some of these as well. It does not have the same market as the Tesla, but there may be enough customers to make it profitable.

Dataland

Aptera has released an update on it's upcoming 300 Mpg car. This car really approaches transportation from a very different vantage than does the rest of the auto industry. This car is slated to sell for $30,000 USD, and offers room for two. Here is a brief overview on the update ...

Talkback: http://dataland.wordpress.com/2007/12/17/apteras-sub-30k-300-mpg-car-will-be-here-in-2009/

Matt

@Kerry

Agreed. If they show up in AZ, I'll be in line with ya!

Matt

Correction: "@the other Matt" is what I meant.

Steve Laughlin

What's wrong with everybody? This vehicle is just beautiful! I would buy one tomorrow apart from the following -
1 Not available in the UK.
2 Can't afford $30,000.
3 Seems too wide for English A and B roads.
4 It needs the headlights by the wheels so they don't get knocked off at night.
Otherwise its FANTASTIC.

ab

I think it is a cool type of "car" , it is economical,enviormentaol,and over a set period you save on gas, but use it up in elecectrick take your pick

James

In response to the comments on the Honda Insight. I purchased a used one a few years back. This would have never happened if I had not ridden in one a friend owned (he has 2 now). Average MPG = 62 (over 70K miles), best = 127 (9 miles @ 45 mph). The Aptera is the first car I would consider giving my Insight up for. As for performance, I can keep up with anything else out there owned by your average guy other than a "sports" car or maybe a Cadillac.

Bob

Most US households have more than one car. The breadwinner(s) typically drive alone to work. Currently we are accustomed to multi-functionality from each of our cars. As fuel costs and sensitivity to global warming and oil wars rise together, we will see the Aptera and its peers as offering high fuel efficiency for commuting alone. One car to carry multiple family members, go skiing, go grocery shopping. A second car to commute.

Granpa

Don't forget the "retired" age group. I bought a Ford weekender when I retired and traded it in 2005 for a Prius when Rush Limbaugh was castigating Prius owners as idiots and I will probably purchase an Aptera when they become available to out of California buyers. I'm a techie and it is nice when my techie preferences also have a green effect but that is not my primary concern. I want a vehicle that will maintain highway speeds plus enough acceleration to get me out of trouble when necessary. I took the Prius to Montanna to prove legally to non-believers that it wasn't a whimpy car and had it up to 103 (gps photographed).
Go for it Aptera it's a beaut. and I want one. I travel for fun coast to coast distances several times a year. I have 88,000 miles on my 2005 base model Prius and expect to do the same if and when I get an Aptera.

Granpa

Don't forget the "retired" age group. I bought a Ford weekender when I retired and traded it in 2005 for a Prius when Rush Limbaugh was castigating Prius owners as idiots and I will probably purchase an Aptera when they become available to out of California buyers. I'm a techie and it is nice when my techie preferences also have a green effect but that is not my primary concern. I want a vehicle that will maintain highway speeds plus enough acceleration to get me out of trouble when necessary. I took the Prius to Montanna to prove legally to non-believers that it wasn't a whimpy car and had it up to 103 (gps photographed).
Go for it Aptera it's a beaut. and I want one. I travel for fun coast to coast distances several times a year. I have 88,000 miles on my 2005 base model Prius and expect to do the same if and when I get an Aptera.

Granpa

I don't know who Bob is or how my comment was duplicated.
Granpa

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what took us so long? I want a large aptura van please, got three little ones 6 , 4 , 1 years old, who, if they are to have a planet left when they are my age, will brave whatever increased risk a crash will inflict compared with say a 3/4 ton suburban, 10,000 lbs, that will surley kill them through global warming and peak oil crisis wars famine etc.

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Seriously, this car is for the millions of commuters who drive by themselves. The carpool lane wasn't the greatest idea to inspire people to drive together.

Anon.

"because it doesn't meet crash standards"

Actually, the company says that they have designed it to meet them. They aren't legally allowed to call it a car or run it through federal tests because it's a three-wheeler. I suspect they have decided to avoid spending the vast amount of money on crashing several of their cars for private testing, when the results of the tests won't get them any legal compliance; they probably should have done it for the advertising value anyway, though.

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