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Date: 12/24/07 12:59 AM

62 Responses to The Aptera Electric Typ-1e

  1. Profile photo of AskingForIt
    AskingForIt Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2007 at 9:42 pm
    Link: The Aptera Electric Typ-1e - 300 miles to the gallon, sticker price starts at $27,000 and looks like a car of the future. Set for release in 2008.
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    Karumii Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 1:01 am
    First. very intresting.
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    haunt_me Female 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 1:03 am
    interesting but FUGLY
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    AKappy Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 1:05 am
    Not impressed. I`m pretty sure my bike gets better mileage than that.
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    Darkfog Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 1:29 am
    i cant see myself ever driving that
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    lockedup Female 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 1:30 am
    fugly
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    Nightshifter Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 1:34 am

    It looks like something that came out of my penis.
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    Bajatar Female 40-49
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    December 24, 2007 at 1:40 am
    Never going to happen. In the US customers will not consider it because it doesn`t waste enough gas and it`s no SUV to back up their ego. In Europe it will not get on the road due to authorities who resent innovation and will kill it with regulations. And Asia isn`t exactly the most environmentally thinking area of the world (except maybe Japan).
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    Devi3000 Female 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 2:14 am
    It`s ugly.

    Baja are you in the dark ages or something?

    In fact I know more tree huggers in the U.S. than I do in India or Germany. In fact I bet I will see this ugly thing all over the place next year.

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    Tymberwulf Male 30-39
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    December 24, 2007 at 2:21 am
    I only have two major complaints, but both will keep me from buying this car. First, that thing looks like it can`t take a hit worth crap, and with the way folks drive in the US today, I need something that can take a hit from Soccer Mom in Killer SUV with some chance of me walking away from the crash. Second, 120 miles range? Thanks but no, I need something that can get like 700+ miles in 12 hours at the drop of a hat, and the only thing that lets me do that is a normal car at least at this time. When they come up with something that can do that I will switch, I don`t need to go real fast or be real big (I`m perfectly comfortable with my manhood, don`t need a car to compensate.) but I do need it to be safe and to be able to go extreme distances day after day.
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    Inferno00 Male 13-17
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    December 24, 2007 at 2:38 am
    Lol better than a Lambo? NO way -.-
    I prefer to drive my 1980 Mustang than this --
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    bassstud09 Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 2:43 am
    lolz

    i would like paying 10 dollars for gas every other month though

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    biffyclyro27 Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 2:54 am
    "In fact I know more tree huggers in the U.S. than I do in India or Germany. In fact I bet I will see this ugly thing all over the place next year."

    i guess that`s why America`s green car of the year was a 6 liter v8 Chevrolet tahoe....

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    biffyclyro27 Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 2:56 am
    "Lol better than a Lambo? NO way -.-
    I prefer to drive my 1980 Mustang than this"

    your under `17, if you have a 1980 Mustang that you personally drive, my god your parents should be shot

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    patriotpappy Male 50-59
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    December 24, 2007 at 3:15 am
    ^biffclyro27 - don`t forget one fundamental trait of the self-proclaimed "treehugger"... they talk a good story about what "everyone" (else) should do...
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    shamille Female 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 4:13 am
    well it`s ugly, so maybe everyone will want it like they wanted the hummers.
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    YevraHNairB Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 4:36 am
    I would drive one, but I don`t think it would do very well in snowy/icy conditions. It is a step in the right direction though.
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    khendri3 Female 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 4:37 am
    i hink the concept i cool, but the pointy back looks like it could be dangerous in an accident. the design seems a little unneccesary
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    Pabasa Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 5:45 am
    It`s gonna look a wreck in an accident. It already looks a wreck now.

    I don`t think electric cars are that practical either, until they can charge faster or something.

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    videogamer Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 6:12 am
    Shamille: well it`s ugly, so maybe everyone will want it like they wanted the hummers.

    Now who could argue with that logic?

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    whyaskwhy Female 13-17
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    December 24, 2007 at 6:25 am
    my only concern is that it doesn`t look like it can hold many people. its not really all that ugly, it just looks way different than anything we`ve ever known-but i agree with shamille; hummers are really ugly too.
    maybe if they could lower the price to 15000, more people would buy it and then people would be less self concious about how they`re driving a weird looking car.

    tymburwolf: "extreme distances day after day"?? 700+ miles a day?? what the hell do you do? how can you AFFORD that??

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    piratepigz12 Female 13-17
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    December 24, 2007 at 6:41 am
    if the US hasn`t allowed smart cars yet, I doubt it will allow this, which kind sucks because even if it is ugly, it would be great for the enviroment
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    Ohnjaynb Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 7:16 am
    The thing that annoys me about this car is not that it`s ugly, but that it doesn`t have to be. Yes,the most aerodynamic shape is that teardrop you saw, but the resistance gained by cutting off that stupid tail shape in the back is so tiny that it`s really not much of a problem to do so. That`s why the closest design to that which you actually see on the roads to a fully aerodynamic design is probably the weinermobile.
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    Ohnjaynb Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 7:19 am
    p.s. videogamer is so right
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    Doomlike Male 13-17
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    December 24, 2007 at 7:24 am
    So intelliigent made. But there is one thing that bothers me ``can be recharged in several hours`` Woa... that`s kinda long, but other then that it seems to be a great car to drive in IMO. Only not that awsom to look at someone driving it. But ah maybe you`ll get used to it.
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    DouchesMcGee Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 7:56 am
    I love how that one guy tried his BEST to start a Euro/US war again... Whata Fag. ANYWAY, I like the disign and all, but jesus, this thing is talked very much of. It`s NOT that GREAT the freakin` Prius is about the same, and can get MORE the 120 miles... WTF is that crap? To get to work I drive atleast 100 miles back and forth, I don`t wanna come so close to the edge there... So I`ll stick with my S-10.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 8:01 am
    I like it. Good price, unusual design. I prolly wouldn`t buy it though.
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    bullshiznit0 Male 13-17
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    December 24, 2007 at 8:20 am
    why do all these "revolutionary" cars have to look like submarines/flatbread? Can`t we put the nice new Eco-Crap in a good looking car?
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    azzerbdx Male 18-29
    24 posts
    December 24, 2007 at 8:33 am
    http://www.teslamotors.com/

    Tesla motors are electric too but don`t look as *$£$% as this. They have better range, better funded, better links to democracy, they`re already producing, and importantly it uses a Lotus designed body.

    And this is the car just to get into the market and to set a name. In a year they`re producing a 4 -5 seater saloon pure electric with better range, better charge time, and in a similar price range to that piece of radical rubbish.

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    itsdanielle Female 13-17
    30 posts
    December 24, 2007 at 8:46 am
    why do companies always have to make electric cars/hybrids look so weird? is it so we can tell that it`s a `car of the future`? ugh. whatever. I like the one azzerbdx posted, it`s cute AND environmentally friendly! :D

    I think we should go for hydrogen instead though. I saw a documentary on TV and this family was testing a hydrogen powered car, and the car got like 500 miles on one gallon of hydrogen or something. been a while since I saw that, but it sounds like a good idea anyway...wish I was in the family that got to test it out! :P

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    pianoman1462 Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 8:55 am
    wow, I wish it looked like a normal car. then I might consider purchasing it.
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    YOUREWINNER Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 9:46 am
    Too bad it looks revolting and there`s zero storage space.
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    a_ron4 Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 9:55 am
    -"ok guys, how can we make this car look cool so that everyone wants to buy it and save the enviroment?"
    -"well we could take the fuselage of a small prop aircraft, and that could pretty much be the basic design"
    -"Wow, great idea. im sure that it wont look like a turd and lots of people will buy it."
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    ams701 Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 10:03 am
    How are electric cars environmentally friendly? They might help prolong our world`s oil reserves, but they aren`t without their flaws. People seem to forget electricity is generated in power plants, which I`ve never seen an environmentally friendly power plant. As a matter of fact, the majority of power plants in existence today are still coal-fired. If people would like to believe that a coal-fired power plant runs cleaner than their car than their out of their minds. People only believe what they want to believe.

    In regards to the car, it is pretty ugly, but I`ve seen worse. Watch Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and you`ll see quite a few examples.

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    CheesyQueso Female 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 10:09 am
    ^ at least save you the cost of gas

    that car was too ugly though

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    Solarmew Female 18-29
    119 posts
    December 24, 2007 at 10:15 am
    dat`s awesome! i would totally buy it XD it`s not any uglier than honda element *barf*, it`s just different so ppl will stare, and i like ppl staring XD ... plus it`ll save me a ton of money... sweet deal
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    rangergenius Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 10:50 am
    No one has pointed out the most fundamental flaw in the car`s design: In the western US, ~80% of our power comes from coal-fired power plants. So an electric car is really just a coal-powered car with a VERY inefficient energy conversion process. Chemical-Heat-Kinetic-Electrical-Kinetic. How much energy do you think is lost during conversion? How much coal do you think it takes to generate as much movement (of the car) as a gallon of gas?
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    LordJonathan Male 70 & Over
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    December 24, 2007 at 10:58 am
    I remember this was posted on here a while back but just pictures. Everyone was making fun of it.
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    Legion5 Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 11:03 am
    Tymberwulf Tymberwulf Tymberwulf Tymberwulf Tymberwulf Tymberwulf Tymberwulf Tymberwulf

    there are two version of the car, one has a 120 mile range the other could cross the continent of america on 9 gallons of gas ($30) in 48 hours without traffic.

    furthermore the car is made of reinforced composites, these are the same types of materials that prevent F1 drivers from dying when they hit a concrete barrier going 220mph! no other car in the world without composite material like here could take a hit like that. in fact this would most likely be the safest car in america short of a tank.

    honestly the only thing wrong with it inside of it`s market segment which compeets with the Prius is that it is the UGLIEST car i`ve ever seen and it reminds me of a sperm.

    besides that huge issue it`s fine.

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    azzerbdx Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 11:38 am
    "How are electric cars environmentally friendly? They might help prolong our world`s oil reserves, but they aren`t without their flaws. People seem to forget electricity is generated in power plants, which I`ve never seen an environmentally friendly power plant. As a matter of fact, the majority of power plants in existence today are still coal-fired. If people would like to believe that a coal-fired power plant runs cleaner than their car than their out of their minds. People only believe what they want to believe."

    The UK by 2020 will be fully independant from coal/gas burning electricity. (Apperently) This will be done through wind farms and tidal power. We already have the largest wind farm. Even though this has some affect on the environment because of production of the metal to produce the turbine, they have a life span of 20 years which drastically reduce emissions as you can imagine.

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    CaptainPat Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 12:07 pm
    why cant they make cool cars like this without making them look like something out of a fricken science fiction movie? If they could make these cars look more like regular cars and sell them around the same price as a regular car (yeah 27,000 isnt bad but ive seen some hybrids that looked like normal cars priced in the mid 40`s) im sure more people would buy them.
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    December 24, 2007 at 12:31 pm
    I want one!
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    Slade8 Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 12:43 pm
    Old news. I saw this months ago in a magazine.
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    togetec Male 13-17
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    December 24, 2007 at 12:43 pm
    i wish he had crashed it.
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    BigWaFuu Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 1:28 pm
    hell no I wouldnt buy or ride in that thing. I think electric cars or hydro whatever cars sound great. But I want them to look like normal cars. Not like jetsons poo
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    twitch43 Female 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 1:53 pm
    That thing looks like a freaking death trap. The way the wheels are attached, they`d probably fall of if you got in a wreck. I agree with khendri3, the design does seem totally unneccesary, it`s just another car that`s made ugly so that the people driving can make a "statement" about how eco-conscious the are, so that everyone can tell that they`re driving a hybrid or electric car. I think that more people would drive hybrids if they weren`t so ugly. And more people would drive electric cars if they weren`t so inconvenient when it comes to charging or long travel.
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    ImNoGod Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 2:01 pm
    I live in Maine. This thing would get it`s a*s kicked by our winter conditions.
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    Invad3r_Tak Female 13-17
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    December 24, 2007 at 2:13 pm
    Oooh, I`d drive that. Ugliness won`t matter once we run out of gas and turns out you CAN`T drive your fancy pretty looking car anymore anyway.
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    DeeCache Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 3:35 pm
    man that is ugly
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    beternal Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 4:17 pm
    I don`t like the name... "Aptera" = without wings

    Lets give it some Red Bull and see what happens :-D

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    superstevio Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 4:19 pm
    ImNoGod, I was thinking a similar thing. I live in Colorado, and I don`t see a one-wheel-drive car doing well in the snow in the mountains.
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    aBISS Male 13-17
    506 posts
    December 24, 2007 at 4:40 pm
    Here`s some info i found about the Aptera from Wired magazine...

    "Although it is legally classified as a motorcycle, it`s designed to withstand a 45-mile-per-hour offset frontal crash. The front end has a 45-inch crumple zone, and the roof and doors exceed US safety specs. It weighs 1500 pounds and goes 0 to 60 in 10 seconds."

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    yellowsquare Female 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 5:21 pm
    Agreed superstevio.
    Minnesota winters + rear wheel drive don`t mix.

    And it`s only one wheel that drives. Haha hilarious. It`d be stuck with the first November dusting.

    When they invent the front-wheel drive version, I`ll consider buying it.

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    Kaizer250 Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 5:48 pm
    I think the Tesla Roadster is cooler, but I`d settle for one of these.
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    Aramil Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 6:12 pm
    About the range-recharge time thing. Seriously, who drives more than 120 miles on a daily basis? That`s about two hours of driving on the highway. If you need to go further than that, just rent a car (rent the gas version?). With the money you save on gas, you`ll be able to easily.
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    643197 Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 7:53 pm
    who would want that
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    Legion5 Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2007 at 10:05 pm
    twitch43 twitch43 twitch43 read my post, this is one of the safest cars. clearly, if you`re in a collision that`s strong enough to make the wheels fall off something then in a normal car you couldn`t drive away anyway, now if we take that example and up the speed, it`s worse to have an inboard suspension because instead of flying off to a safe distance away from your body, the wheels will go into your calves and knees in a normal car that suffers a high speed crash. most cars have crumple zones to aleviate this and distance heavy parts from the cabin but the danger is always there. here you don`t have it. there is no disadvantage to an outboard suspension, it`s safer, faster, etc.
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    robock Male 18-29
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    December 25, 2007 at 10:42 am
    i hate 3 wheel cars.
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    rangergenius Male 18-29
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    December 25, 2007 at 9:37 pm
    The claimed 300 miles to the gallon is IF YOU PLUG IT IN. You really think that a small generator can take a car 300 miles on a gallon of gas? Wouldn`t we all be powering our cars by Honda Whispers already? It means that if you SUPPLEMENT your power supply with the gas generator, you only have to add a gallon of gas every 300 miles. You probably still have to plug it in for "a few hours" every ~200 miles.
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    Eichenkatze Male 18-29
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    December 25, 2007 at 11:19 pm
    Awesome stats, but not so pretty. Shoulda slapped the aperature sciences logo on it. Then i`d hit it.
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    shiggin Female 13-17
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    December 26, 2007 at 10:20 am
    Wait another 4 years or so and these things (prob wif diffrent designs and faster charges) will be everywhere.
    So long Gas pumpers.
    Kinda like the ipod... i just got generation 3 of the ipod nano and it takes 3 hours to charge for 24 hours in listening to music.
    Before i had a Shyt MP3 player, it took 6 hours to charge for 5 hour listening...and there was nothing on that peace of shyt
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    zabdalla1988 Male 18-29
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    February 17, 2008 at 7:37 pm
    I would buy one but not til its been out at least 4 or 5 years just so the manufacturers have time to work out any problems and smooth over any bumps in the design, new car designs always have a few flaws that the manufacturer cant fix til they know what it is.

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