The Resurrection of Aptera
|   Sunday, May 27, 2012
The start-up automaker that died in December is now on its way to intensive care and possibly getting well again. If you were a fan of the electric car with 3 wheels then this is good news to you. If this proves to be correct, expect the automaker to mark a real life presence in the US in 2013. Of course, a few things will be changed from what we know, but more on that in a minute.

After the December shutdown, a new company called Aptera USA bough the assets of the original company.
That means the designs and rights for the 2e electric car were included, as well. The plastic car will live again!
We are not entirely sure whether or not that is a completely good thing, but after all the trouble the company went through, it kind of deserves a second chance. Sure, some mistakes were made by the original company, like dropping the 3 wheel design and moving towards a traditional approach in order to gain access to Department of Energy funds. Needless to say how that turned out. Switching focus from something almost completed to something entirely new, and setting extremely close deadlines is a sure way to fail on both projects. Well, that's life.

Setting our sights on the newly resurrected Aptera, the company plans to build the shells somewhere in China, and fit the engine, battery pack and all the wiring in the US. The new version is supposed to use a 20 kilowatt-hour battery pack delivered by A123 systems, the ones responsible for providing juice for Fisker's Karma, as well the new Chevy Spark EV. The batteries will set in motion a 110 horsepower electric motors.

Before moving to actual production, the former webpage of Aptera will be up and running again, ready to provide all the necessary information to would be buyers. It will also begin accepting deposits shortly, with pervious interested customers in Aptera taking priority.

Unlike the original plans, which sought to sell the car in California alone, the new vehicle will see worldwide distribution. The cost of such a vehicle will be around 25,000 dollars, more or less.

We can wish them good luck in this new endeavor, but we cannot help but point out the market for such a car is minuscule. Not only that, we still don't know if the vehicle will be certified as a car or motorcycle, plus the entire certification process is a long, arduous and expensive one. The main obstacle remains the very small buyer segment.

Those interested in alternative vehicles are still not that many, and even they frown when they look upon certain hybrid and all-electric cars. You can imagine their expression when they gaze on this incomplete small plane cabin. No doubt, a few people will be willing to invest in this contraption, but will they be able to hold a business above the sinking line? This is not a Lamborghini we are talking about (sell 50 units a year and turn a nifty profit). We shall see.
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