Stories tagged Aptera

Sep
18
2010

Mission accomplished

Making the impossible, possible - one prize at a time. This is the idea behind the X-prize movement. Flying into space, cleaning up oil spills, landing on the moon, or producing safe, practical cars that get 100 mpg are becoming reality as teams compete to win X-prizes.

To drive innovation, offer the right prize and human nature will do the rest.

Edison 2 wins $5 million with their "Very Light Car"

Learn more about the automotive X-prize winners

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Aug
22
2010

Automotive X Prize competition is almost over

I have waited almost two years for this race. What kind of automobiles can qualify to win the $10 million Automotive X Prize?

The Zap Alias seems to be the favorite.

Validation is the final technical event in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE. Finalists in both the Mainstream and Alternative classes will undergo dynamometer testing under controlled laboratory conditions at Argonne National Lab facilities. The car in each class that exceeds 100 MPGe, meets the emissions and performance requirements, and, in the case of a tie, completes the Combined Performance and Efficiency challenge with the fastest time, will win. The $10 million prize purse will be presented at an Award Ceremony on September 16, in Washington, D.C.

Learn the latest news about the Automotive X Prize

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Popular Mechanics just released a video of their testing out the Aptera Typ-1 e electric vehicle.

This week we visited Aptera’s headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif., and became the very first outside of the company to hit the street in the Typ-1 e. And, as you can see from the video of our 20-mile test drive above, we’re impressed. Popular Mechanics

Check out the Popular Mechanics link at the end of the quote for lots more excellent information.

Nov
20
2007

Aptera Typ-1 electric vehicle
Aptera Typ-1 electric vehicleCourtesy Aptera Motors, Inc.
Aptera Motors, Inc. is now taking reservations (California only) for either its 300 mpg hybrid or its all electric vehicles. The electric version of the Aptera typ-1 is slated for delivery in 2008 with the hybrid model to follow. The all-electric model has a range of 120 miles. The plug-in series hybrid has achieved more than 300 miles per gallon with a range of more than 600 miles.

The Aptera Typ-1 is loaded with safety features.

  • Driver and passenger side airbags
  • Energy absorbing and impact deflecting passenger safety cell
  • Advanced drive computer with GPS navigation, CD/MP3/DVD player, XM
  • Large rear view camera and complete vehicle diagnostic system
  • LED interior and exterior lighting for maximum energy efficiency
  • An RFID (Radio Frequency ID) ? an automatic identification method so a driver never has to pull out their keys to enter or start their Aptera
  • USB port for powering a laptop or charging an MP3 player and other mobile devices

Aptera videos are on You Tube

Click this to see more Aptera electric vehicle You Tube videos.

Sources: Jalopnik.com/cars and Aptera.com/details