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Old 12-06-2020, 03:48 PM   #1
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Is Aptera back?

I was very sad when a few years ago the Aptera prototypes were destroyed after the company declared bankruptcy. It looks like it might be coming back after all, I really hope this trike gets made at a reasonable price.

https://jalopnik.com/aptera-announce...lar-1845810811
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Old 12-07-2020, 12:36 PM   #2
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Interesting vehicle, just can't see how a company like this can survive producing a product that only appeals to a tiny percentage of the population. Motorcycles only take up 1% of the traffic, but they are made or owned by companies that make other mass market products too otherwise they wouldn't survive. Definitely something I'd consider, if the price was right and it was available here, which it won't be but hey, still an interesting vehicle like the XL1 is.
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Old 12-07-2020, 03:02 PM   #3
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Here is a video, and yes this would be super hard to pull off as a new company. But there is the technology to have big enough batteries, Cd of 0.13 and with light weight and skinny tires this could go 1,000 miles. The free motoring on solar is a bit BS. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has a solar roof and I think they claim 2,000kms per year just from the roof panels. I wish Jeff Bezos would jut give 1 or two billion dollars to a company like that just to have these built, but he didn't become rich by giving his money away.

Here is a video showing the vehicle driving around. The Aptera company folded 7 years ago.

New Aptera:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNjUdTJjiNk&t=7s

Jay Leno's Garage 7 years ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrQqCLRXl2w
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Definitely something I'd consider, if the price was right and it was available here, which it won't be but hey, still an interesting vehicle like the XL1 is.
A Never Charge Solar EV in Wales? Wouldn't one powered by rain be more successful? Certainly would be here in Scotland.
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Ha I've often said houses should be built by narrow fast flowing streams and rivers and each have a water wheel turbine system with Thier own power supply. It's an energy source we don't make the most of, yet waterwheels were very popular several hundred/thousand years ago much like windmills (at least they made a big comeback)
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