Sci-fi car is here
Car of the Present?
I remember reading about Aptera's new line of electric cars last year. I couldn't wait to get one, or at least be able to test drive one. Like anything cool though, you had to live in California to be able to get one. Unfortunately though, Aptera has announced that it is returning all of the 2,500 customer deposits it currently holds for its two-seat, three-wheel electric car; despite raising $2.25 million last month alone. For the past few years Aptera has been raising funds through different outlets to get their car into production. Apparently they have not had any success at obtaining a loan through the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program from the Department of Energy. Which is a $25 billion direct loan program funded by Congress in fall 2008 to provide debt capital to the U.S. automotive industry.
These cars look like something out of a science fiction movie. This light weight, aerodynamic wonder, plugs directly into your electric plug at home. It is said the Aptera 2e will be able to go somewhere in the 200 mile range before needing to be recharged. It also comes with some really cool features, such as gullwing doors, rear vision system, and a solar assisted climate control system.
For the time being this car will have to remain a car of the future. Hopefully not for long though.