The Aptera Electric Typ-1e

Submitted by: AskingForIt 9 years ago in Science
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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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Male 37
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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Female 1,470
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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Male 778
Awesome stats, but not so pretty. Shoulda slapped the aperature sciences logo on it. Then i`d hit it.
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Male 3
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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Male 317
i hate 3 wheel cars.
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Male 438
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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Male 1,078
who would want that
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Male 315
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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Male 777
I think the Tesla Roadster is cooler, but I`d settle for one of these.
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Female 1,545
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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Male 506
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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Male 22
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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Male 2,586
I don`t like the name... "Aptera" = without wings

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

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Male 788
man that is ugly
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Female 66
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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Male 1,149
I live in Maine. This thing would get it`s a*s kicked by our winter conditions.
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Female 87
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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Male 1,162
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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Male 608
i wish he had crashed it.
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Male 949
Old news. I saw this months ago in a magazine.
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Male 11,740
I want one!
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Male 1,584
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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Male 24
"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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Male 438
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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Male 1,348
I remember this was posted on here a while back but just pictures. Everyone was making fun of it.
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Male 3
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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Female 119
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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Female 2,196
^ at least save you the cost of gas

that car was too ugly though

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Male 1
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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Male 62
-"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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Male 534
Too bad it looks revolting and there`s zero storage space.
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Male 26
wow, I wish it looked like a normal car. then I might consider purchasing it.
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Female 30
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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Male 24
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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Male 177
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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Male 10,440
I like it. Good price, unusual design. I prolly wouldn`t buy it though.
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Male 17
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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Male 416
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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Male 592
p.s. videogamer is so right
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Male 592
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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Female 352
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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Female 275
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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Male 3,014
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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Male 4,012
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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Female 34
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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Male 579
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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Female 831
well it`s ugly, so maybe everyone will want it like they wanted the hummers.
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Male 756
^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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Male 151
"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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Male 151
"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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Male 192
lolz

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

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Male 150
Lol better than a Lambo? NO way -.-
I prefer to drive my 1980 Mustang than this --
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Male 99
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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Female 1,496
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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Female 345
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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Male 513

It looks like something that came out of my penis.
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Female 299
fugly
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Male 29
i cant see myself ever driving that
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Male 2,616
Not impressed. I`m pretty sure my bike gets better mileage than that.
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Female 43
interesting but FUGLY
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Male 19
First. very intresting.
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Male 32
Link: The Aptera Electric Typ-1e [Rate Link] - 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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