Space-age cars may soon hit the road

Posted by Laura Grant on February 17, 2009
Posted in Transport

aptera-1California start-up Aptera’s unusual, three-wheeled electric and hybrid-electric cars will be humming along California’s roads from October this year if all goes according to plan. The company apparently has 4,000 customer orders already for its head-turning two-seaters.

We’re unlikely to see one in this part of the world any time soon, but they look so futuristic it will be interesting to see how they fare when they become available to the public. The car has been aerodynamically designed to be fuel efficient and is said to do about 42km to the litre. The all electric version will drive for about 160km on one charge, say reports. They are expected to sell for between $20,000 and $45,000.

So what do you get for your money ? Well, among the attributes listed on Aptera’s website are the following: the cab is climate controlled, with a bit of help from a solar-cell covered roof; there’s a “cavernous” rear cargo compartment, and the passenger seat can be folded back so you can even fit your surfboard in the car; the seats are covered in fabric made from recycled plastic bottles; oh, and there are two “carefully placed” cupholders.

Read more at Wired Autopia, Road and Track


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