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Electric Aptera takes a spin through NYC

post #1 of 17
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A few weeks ago, the electric Aptera took a quick spin (and turned many heads) in New York City when it stopped in to accept its Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics.

 

It's pretty fun to see the photos of the Aptera on the road in the big city.

 

 

[Check out more photos at Popular Mechanics]

post #2 of 17

I don't know about the Aptera - I just don't see them giving EVs the image and adoption that they really need to be viable, mass-market options to attract the shift necessary.

post #3 of 17

Hehe cool.  NYC is an odd place to see an Aptera considering the fact that they'll initially only be sold in California.  Very cool though.

post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by Deej:

I don't know about the Aptera - I just don't see them giving EVs the image and adoption that they really need to be viable, mass-market options to attract the shift necessary.

 

Hm...well, the Aptera is definitely very "particular" looking...or distinct, if you will.  But I always come back to the fact that the Prius sold so well compared to the Civic Hybrid or the Camry Hybrid because people wanted that "distinct hybrid look."  Of course...the Prius was still more traditional looking than the Aptera...but who knows.  It could really just rock people's socks.

post #5 of 17

I've heard rumors that the first 3 orders were filled last week, any confirmation on that?  Also, could someone remind me of the price range for these?  I've looked around the site but I must be missing it.

 

I have to say though, I am very surprised at how well they have been doing with keeping a majority of their production green.  It just makes sense to have an electric car that has a lighter footprint starting with the manufacturing process!

post #6 of 17

Okay, I just found my own answer, the 2e is stated as ranging from "mid-$20,000s to mid-$40,000" depending on options.


Edited by srj0385 - Tue, 30 Dec 2008 21:51:52 GMT
post #7 of 17

I don't think any Apteras have been delivered yet.  There are some reasons Aptera might wait until 2009 to begin deliveries as discussed here - for example, a tax credit which would not apply in 2008.

 

Especially since Aptera just announced they're switching to front-wheel drive, a 2008 delivery seems exceedingly unlikely.

 

Last I heard the electric Aptera was still selling for $27k.  However, Aptera says

 

"The final retail price, feature list, and distribution locations of the Aptera are yet to be determined."

 

and

 

"The Aptera 2 Series vehicle (electric and hybrid) will range in price from the mid-$20,000s to the mid-$40,000s, depending on options and powertrain."

post #8 of 17

Looks like Aptera is set back.  They are not expecting volume produciton until closer to October this year.  That is the same date that Zap gave us last for the Alias.  Ironic.  Why don't these companies get on the ball, can't they tell that we are impatient. :)

 

Article about delay

post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by srj0385:

Looks like Aptera is set back.  They are not expecting volume produciton until closer to October this year.  That is the same date that Zap gave us last for the Alias.  Ironic.  Why don't these companies get on the ball, can't they tell that we are impatient. :)

 

Article about delay

 

Aw man...what a bummer.  But I guess given the economy, a small car start up like that might be feeling the effects too...

 

I actually just checked their website to see if they had any press releases about the production push back (no, on that front).  Did you know you could reserve an Aptera with only a $500 deposit?  I did not.

post #10 of 17

Yeah that's pretty disappointing, but at least they're working on making the design as practical as possible.  And at least they're still saying they'll get the first production vehicle out by January 16th, which isn't too much of a delay.  Still, a bummer, especially for people on the waiting list.

post #11 of 17

A good friend of mine just posted 15 minutes ago on Twitter, "only in San Francisco" with a link to the following pic:

 

 

Pretty schweet!


Edited by Deej - 4/22/2009 at 01:34 am GMT
post #12 of 17

 Here's another image I got from across the street:

Aptera by Peets in SF

 

I was a bit taken aback when I first saw it. I had no idea what it was at the time.  It seemed to draw quite a bit of attention to itself.

post #13 of 17

This is more than likely my next car. Probably not the 2e but the next iteration.

post #14 of 17
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That's very cool, Cyrus!  Awesome you got a glimpse of the Aptera.  Any idea why it was in SF?

post #15 of 17

Maybe a review was why the Aptera is in San Francisco, or a test of some sort.  An article and photo was in the SF Chronicle this morning- some kind of informal review.  Talking about the "spartan" interior- but the comments (85 or so) were quite interesting. 

 

 

post #16 of 17

No idea unfortunately...

post #17 of 17

where is economic stimulus money when you want it?  Too bad Aptera did not rip people off with mortgages--they would be swimming in money for production by now.

 

Aptera will hopefully not be eliminated by a large company that stands to lose billions and billions of dollars if Aptera becomes popular.  Aptera is supposed to come out with a 300mpg yes 300mpg vehicle after the all electric vehicle. 

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