In a press conference in Carlsbad, California, Aptera Motors unveiled the pre-production version of the electric three-wheel, 200+ mpg Aptera 2e along with 23 strategic suppliers, including GE; A123Systems for the Li-ion battery pack; Remy International for the drive motor (earlier post); and BorgWarner for the single ratio transaxle.
|The Aptera 2e. Click to enlarge.|
Aptera’s newest 2e model, which was shown to the public for the first time, is, according the Aptera Chief Engineer Tom Reichenbach, “what consumers can expect as the design-intent vehicle.”
The 2e features a 20 kWh battery pack that powers an 82 kW, 314 N·m electric motor. Top speed is 90 mph (145 km/h), and range is projected to be 100 miles (161 km). Level 1 charge time is 11 hours; Level 2 charging takes 6 hours.
Acknowledging the financial challenges the company is facing, President and CEO Paul Wilbur said that “we’ve recently turned a very important corner and we’re on the road to financial stability.”
We are behind our projected launch timing for the 2e—our two-seat, three-wheel vehicle—and the ultimate responsibility is mine. But our team is deeply committed to putting the world’s most efficient vehicle on the road, and despite the tough economy, we’ve recently secured private funding from New Jersey-based NRG Energy. We’re also waiting for news related to our Department of Energy application for a five-year, $184 million loan through the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program.
We completed the first close of our recent round of funding last month, and one more financing hurdle remains. When it’s complete, it will take about 11 months to start our full-volume launch next year.
When the press conference concluded, the 2e was rolled onto a transport vehicle and shipped to Michigan where it will compete in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE.