Cons: it is tiny
Have you ever wanted to get 1000 miles per gallon? No, it is not a typo, it may become a reality, and soon. The Aptera(aptera.com) a small alien looking three wheeled car should be available soon. There are two versions of the car, all electric and hybrid. It has flip doors and is extremely aero dynamic. It goes 0-60 in ten seconds and can go at highway speeds. The electric can go up to 120 on a charge and is going into production at the end of this year. The hybrid should get an average of 300 mpg, but will not be available till 2010. The hybrid will cost around $30,000 and the electric will be about $27,000.
There are some positives to the thought of this car. While it may not be realistic to think of 1000 mpg, it is not out of the question. The fact that we can talk about it is exciting. The car meets all the safety standards and says that it will include airbags. The Aptera falls under the category of a motorcycle. It can comfortably fit two and 15 bags of groceries.
There are some drawbacks to the Aptera. Safety, while it exceeds crash standards and has some great features, the simple point remains, it is very small. Small cars are at a distinct disadvantage versus the gas guzzlers. It will only available in California at first, so the rest of us will have to wait for the distribution to hit us. If you live in Ohio, it will probably be classified as a motorcycle but they may make you wear a helmet for a year, call your local police station and ask.
When the Aptera comes out it will have to compete with Zap, GM, Ford, Chrysler, Honda and Toyota.
While the all electric option is nice, it may not be the best one. To plug in your vehicle after only 120 miles is not exciting regardless of the regular plug that it goes into. It may be worthwhile to wait till 2010, and wait for the hybrid. It costs about 3000 dollars more, but the miles per gallon should be incredible. In all for whichever model you choose, make sure to have a California resident pick it up for you.