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Aptera closes as it fails to secure investment

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Electric car maker Aptera has had to close its doors for the final time after failing to secure investment. Aptera Motors Aptera Californian concept electric three wheelThe Californian firm, known for its kooky three-wheel electric concept, had plans for a four-door saloon type car, that was projected to get in the equivalent 190 miles to the gallon. The company had hoped to [.].

100 MPG, Hand-Built, Gasoline-Powered Aptera Set For U.S?

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A great many people were disappointed--though perhaps not surprised--when green automaker Aptera closed its doors in late 2011.

Ex-Aptera Founder Reveals New Electric Sports Car, TORQ Roadster

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That's what happened to Aptera, builders of a tadpole-like, two-seat, three-wheeled electric vehicle. But Aptera If at first you don't succeed, try again.

Aptera Staff Smash Prototype Electric Cars As Company Folds

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At the end of last week we broke the news that Aptera, the company responsible for the futuristic three-wheeled electric car known as the Aptera 2e was closing down. Now a series of YouTube videos have surfaced showing showing people we assume to be Aptera employees wilfully destroying Aptera body shells with a forklift truck, presumably so they

Aptera Shutting Down For Good

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Aptera has just released a statement, saying it will shut down operations today. The official letter is below: After years of focused effort to bring our products to the market, Aptera Motors is closing its doors, effective today. This is a difficult time for everyone connected with our company because we have never been closer to realizing our

Aptera Collapse: How & Why It Happened, A Complete Chronology

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Posed in front of a mirrored glass office building under a colorful logo, they are the final employees of the now-defunct Aptera Motors on the last day of its existence: Friday, December 2. Now we can bring you the inside chronology of the events that led to the end of Aptera It's not the best photo, but it means a lot to the 19 people in it.

Saab, Aptera, Think: Can China, Russia Save Electric Cars?

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Last week, something miraculous happened: after more than a year of being prepped for burial, Saab rose from the dead. Of course, there had been previous attempts to revive the quirky car company -- notably, one led by Chinese investors Pang Da and Youngman (subsequently, a Chinese bank and Youngman). However, General Motors 86ed those efforts

Aptera Struggles Toward Production Of 3-Wheel Electric Car, Maybe

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One of the most remarkable--and most delayed--of the promised new generation of electric cars is the three-wheeled Aptera 2e. The unusual, highly aerodynamic vehicle was designed by a startup automaker in Southern California. The resin-bodied car was a finalist at last year’s Auto X-Prize competition despite early handling concerns.

BREAKING: Aptera Founder Steve Fambro Gives First Interview Live Today

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Steve Fambro, the man behind the revolutionary and futuristic design that was the Aptera 2e electric car, 2h plug-in hybrid and 2g ultra-high mpg gasoline car, is breaking silence and giving his first public interview today on the online green transport show TransportEvolved.

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Aptera Answers Our Questions, Shares No New Information

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Last week we told you that Aptera Motors had temporarily halted its online reservation system for its three-wheeled, two seat, ultra-efficient 2e electric car. Unusually quiet since its failure to win the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize, we contacted Aptera to check everything was okay and was told by an unnamed employee that an issue

Aptera: There’s Something Coming, But We Can’t Tell You What

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In the electric auto industry there are three types of car companies: Those who bring a successful electric car to market, those who bring an unsuccessful electric car to market, and those who perpetually claim their ground-breaking electric car is “coming soon” California-based Aptera motors is one such company.

Aptera Ditches San Diego As Home of Electric Car Factory, Blames Economics

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Remember Aptera, the plucky San Diego firm responsible for the three wheeled Aptera 2e electric car which resembles an airplane but is technically a motorcycle? After the firm lost out in last year’s Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize it went mysteriously silent, save for the occasional newsletter assuring its potential customers that

Aptera delays 2e until 2010

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Big changes at Aptera … more details ( plus official press release ) after the jump: Officially Official: Aptera production pushed back to 2010. Addressing the situation he said: “Right now my advanced work is a lower priority for Aptera. Here is the full text of the blog post, and the Press Release from Aptera Motors: [link]. Officially Official: Aptera production pushed back to 2010. Source: Aptera Motors]. About Aptera.

Aptera: incredible becomes believable

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The Aptera electric car, so futuristic looking it will appear in an upcoming Star Trek movie, is becoming more believable with each passing day. Tags: aptera battery electric car Extremely lightweight, it will be able to get decent range out of a relatively small lithium battery pack. Three-wheeled, it will not be speed limited like four-wheeled NEVs. They produced a short video from inside their Southern California base station. Check it out. Source: Autobloggreen.com ].

Aptera 2e makes public debut

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We have TWO reports from guest bloggers who attended the Aptera in the Wild EVent Thursday night at Smooth’s Sports Grille in Long Beach, CA. Also embedded below is a recent Aptera 2e demo ride video (with founder Steve Fambro) from the 2009 TED conference (held in Long Beach, CA) recently uploaded by Aptera forum member Josh. It was a rainy night but I decided to jump in my car and see the new Aptera in person tonight in Long Beach. From: Aptera.

Aptera Interview Today at Last!

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Steve Fambro, Aptera's founder, will be speaking today for the first time about Aptera. Specifically - hopefully - What Went Wrong Over at Aptera. Not to be ghoulish about an EV company that didn't make it, but.don't we all wanna know? The show airs live at 3pm Eastern on Transport Evolved

Aptera’s Remaining Assets To Be Auctioned Off In 10 Days

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One week ago, we heard the tragic story that Aptera Motors, which had planned to bring the ultra-efficient Aptera 3-wheeled vehicle to market, was closing for good. Then on Wednesday this week, YouTube videos surfaced showing what appeared to be Aptera Employees smashing prototype Aptera body shells. While the videos were uploaded on Wednesday, it

Aptera Motors shuts down, effective today; cites lack of private sector investment to match DOE commitment

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Aptera Motors, the developer of an all-electric, three-wheeled lightweight aerodynamic vehicle ( earlier post ) is shutting down. Aptera executives had been engaged in exhaustive due diligence with the Department of Energy (DOE) pertaining to an ATVM (Advance Technology Vehicle Manufacturing) loan. The concept of this vehicle had been in place since the very beginning of Aptera, and we had been wholly focused on its development for the last year.

RIP Aptera: Lessons For Startup Electric-Car Companies

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On Friday, Aptera CEO Paul Wilbur sent out an email with the news that the Aptera 2e -- the all-electric, two-seat, ultra-efficient car we’ve awaited for nearly five years -- wouldn’t be making it into production. As the long, drawn-out story that has been Aptera’s existence finally comes to a close, what can other small

Aptera CEO: We're Not Dead, Just Moving, Okay?

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Aptera Motors - the Californian automaker which has been telling us for five years that it would revolutionize the world of electric vehicles - might be refunding each and every person who had put down a reservation for its 2e electric car, but it is not dead, Aptera CEO Paul Wilbur has said.

A Brief History Of Three-Wheeled Cars

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What do the Elio, Aptera, Toyota i-Road concept and the spectacularly awful Zap Xebra have in common? They--and many more small-volume economical vehicles and concepts besides--all use one fewer wheel than the norm. Yet giving fuel-saving cars just three wheels is not a new phenomenon, stretching right back to the dawn of the motor car--with

Popular Mechanics Takes Aptera for a Drive

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Well, Popular Mechanics asked and the Aptera folks let them in. Tags: aptera This wingless Jetsonian vehicle has seemed to me to be too much design, too much gadgetry, too much website, and not enough practical, buildable car. I thought I could smell the vapor.

First Apteras Rolled Out Today!

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The moment we've all been waiting for - the first few shiny Apteras have poked their noses out from the factory door

Aptera: Mother Nature Meets the Electric Car

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The Aptera is slightly behind schedule. Like a lot of us, at the last minute, she had to change her dress

Aptera 2e Prototype: First Drive

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That would be the Aptera 2e. The car is more than just an exercise in styling: Aptera plans to bring the car to market in late 2011. As electric cars make their way to market, one funky little vehicle has captured plenty of attention for its unusual looks. To that end, the company has been bringing a fully drivable prototype to various cities

Aptera Unveils Pre-Production 2e, Suppliers

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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.

Remy to Supply HVH250 Motors for the Aptera 2e Vehicle

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Remy International will supply HVH250 electric motors ( earlier post ) for Aptera Motors’s Aptera 2e electric vehicle. Remy is already supplying a High Voltage Hairpin (HVH) electric motor for Aptera’s entry in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize, where the 2e has successfully reached fourth phase of competition. The three-wheel Aptera 2e has a novel light-weight design weighing approximately 1,800 pounds.

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AVL Simulation Technologies Assist in Development of Aptera 2e

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AVL North America announced that since January 2009, it has contributed to the development of Aptera Motors’ electric vehicle concept, Aptera 2e, an Alternative Class finalist in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE competition, through use of its vehicle system and driveline analysis tool, AVL CRUISE. The adaptable platform also played a key role in helping Aptera to meet the competition’s safety, emissions and performance requirements.

Electric Coops Use Aptera EV in Ad

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Touchstone Energy Cooperatives has made an ad touting its preparedness to deliver electricity whatever needs it in the future. Hattip to Domenick Yoney - AutoblogGreen

Aptera Facing Financial Woes and Internal Shake Up

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Rumors surrounding Aptera and the release of several staffers have been floating around the internet for a few days now. The apparent rumor origanated from the Aptera Forum. According to Wired.com the release of several key individuals at Aptera is in fact true. However, this is only half of the story as the company is also facing financial

The Aptera Saga Continues, Inside Source Reveals New Info

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The Aptera saga continues with a new report coming from Gas 2.0 According to the report, the troubles at Aptera stem from the hiring of Paul who cites countless sources within the company. Gas 2.0 is reporting that the companies financial problems, mismanagement, vehicle revisions, and employee unrest could truly unravel the entire company.

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First All-Electric Aptera 2e Pushed Back to 2010

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Given the countless rumors posted widely over the internet, Aptera has finally set the record straight in the press release below. It is my sincere hope that funding comes to Aptera sooner, rather than later, from both private and public funds. Tesla Motors was fortunate to receive funding / support from Daimler, while Fisker Automotive was able

Want an Aptera? You Can't Reserve One (For Now)

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Remember Aptera, the firm whose futuristic three-wheeled, two-seat 2e electric vehicle promised to revolutionize the way we travelled back in 2007? After a series of technical issues and poor performance prevented it from winning the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize last year, Aptera’s press releases have become more and more

Aptera Struggles Toward Production Of 3-Wheel Electric Car, Maybe

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One of the most remarkable--and most delayed--of the promised new generation of electric cars is the three-wheeled Aptera 2e. The unusual, highly aerodynamic vehicle was designed by a startup automaker in Southern California. The resin-bodied car was a finalist at last year’s Auto X-Prize competition despite early handling concerns.

DoE Dings Loans For Startup Carbon Motors' Police Cruisers

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renamed NextCar), Aptera Motors, and Bright Automotive is Carbon Motors of Connersville, Indiana. Log one more startup car company the U.S. Department of Energy has declined to fund. The latest entry on the lengthening list that includes Virtual Vehicles Co. The five-year-old startup proposed to build a carbon-fiber police cruiser, solely offered

Aptera reveals new e2 as business partners line-up

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Independent electric car manufacturer, Aptera, has unveiled a new version of its all-electric three-wheel vehicle, the 2e. Tags: Electric cars Aptera car e2 electric funds project three wheels The unveiling of the 2010 model came as the California-based manufacturer gave a state of union address to explain why the firm was behind schedule on plans to bring the model to full production. The firm’s CEO Paul [.].

Wait A Month For Details of 2e Electric Car, Aptera Says

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On Friday, Aptera held its first online Town Hall Meeting--a chat among eager followers and some of the Aptera marketing team. Their intent, according to the opening spiel, was to "reduce some of the mystery around the company and open our supporters and depositors up to some of the great things that are happening here at Aptera, as well as

Aptera Ditches San Diego As Home of Electric Car Factory, Blames Economics

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Remember Aptera, the plucky San Diego firm responsible for the three wheeled Aptera 2e electric car which resembles an airplane but is technically a motorcycle? After the firm lost out in last year’s Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize it went mysteriously silent, save for the occasional newsletter assuring its potential customers that

Leno gives Aptera his seal of approval

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Now Mr Leno has taken the all-electric Aptera 2e for a test drive and has fallen in love with the three-wheeled wonder. Of course it will be quite some time before we get to sit behind the wheel of the Aptera 2e, presuming we will ever be able to afford it - so for now we’ll just have to settle for living vicariously through Leno. Tags: Electric cars Green cars Latest news Aptera 2e Jay Leno Jay Leno's Garage Ever been envious of Jay Leno?

Remy Electric Motors Provide 200 Mile Range For Aptera 2e

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Earlier this week Californian start-up Aptera unveiled its official pre-production prototype for its upcoming 2e electric vehicle, along with many of the specs for the final full-production model to come in about 11 months--once the final financing hurdle is cleared that is.