• Jan 21st 2009 at 5:40PM
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We asked Aptera earlier this week about whether or not they met their self-imposed deadline to have the first production 2e vehicle (formerly known as the Typ-1) out the door by January 16th. To refresh your memory, Aptera committed to delivering "the first production [2e]' by that date. We were told we'd get an update soon. Here it is.

According to Aptera, the first 2e vehicle did indeed leave the Vista, California factory this week. The press release (pasted after the jump), though, says that this vehicle is a pre-production model that "is equipped with a lithium-based battery and features a number of vehicle enhancements such as front wheel drive, aerodynamic side-mounted mirrors and wider door openings that make getting in and out of the vehicle much easier than with previous designs." So, the deadline was met, sort of. Aptera President and CEO Paul Wilbur said that "final refinements" are still coming before the actual first deliveries take place in October. Oh, and the price for one of these production models? Somewhere "between $25,000 and $45,000."


[Source: Aptera]

PRESS RELEASE:

FIRST PRE-PRODUCTION ALL-ELECTRIC APTERA IS COMPLETE; FULL PRODUCTION AND DELIVERY
TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER

The 2e, Aptera's two-seat, three-wheel vehicle, gets the equivalent of more than 200 mile- per-gallon

VISTA, Calif. (Jan. 21, 2009) -- The initial pre-production all-electric model from Southern California vehicle manufacturer Aptera Motors had rolled out the door of its Vista, Calif. production facility. Known as the 2e, the brilliant white two-seat commuter vehicle is the first of a burgeoning fleet of Aptera vehicles that will undergo internal and external evaluations for fit, finish, performance and durability as preparation for full production in October.

The pre-production vehicle is equipped with a lithium-based battery and features a number of vehicle enhancements such as front wheel drive, aerodynamic side-mounted mirrors and wider door openings that make getting in and out of the vehicle much easier than with previous designs. The aerodynamically-inspired 2e will go from zero to 60 in under 10 seconds, top out at 90 mph and get the equivalent of more than 200 miles-per-gallon based on a standard EPA driving cycle. Though the vehicle is still nine months from completion, Aptera has already received nearly 4,000 deposits and the 2e is attracting its share of accolades, including recognition from TIME magazine as one of the "Best Inventions of 2008" and USA WEEKEND's proclamation as one of "2009's most intriguing innovations".

"We're getting close to finalizing our final prime-time vehicle, but there's still a lot of work to accomplish to manufacture an ultra-high efficiency vehicle," says Aptera President and CEO Paul Wilbur, who boasts more than 25 years of product planning and development, marketing and finance experience for Ford, Chrysler and other manufacturers. "Just look at the 2e and you understand that it's an aerodynamic marvel. We now have to make the final refinements in the upcoming months, squeezing out every ounce of positive performance, and then we'll have the first safe, affordable all-electric vehicle on the market."

With an expected cost between $25,000 and $45,000, and a driving range of more than 100 miles-per-charge, initial sales will solely be in California, with plans to distribute the Aptera to the rest of the United States by late 2010.

"With the 2e set to hit the streets later this year, and with additional models already on our drawing board, Aptera will create some 1,500 jobs and more than 100,000 vehicles in the next five years," says Aptera founder Steve Fambro. "We hope to change everyday driving forever by offering incomparable mileage and innovative technology at prices people can afford."

About Aptera
Aptera Motors (www.aptera.com), founded in 2004 to develop and build the safest, most energy efficient commuter vehicles on the road, begins volume production of its first vehicle, the all-electric 2e, in 2009. Utilizing streamlined aerodynamic design, lightweight composite structures and unique drive systems, Aptera delivers vehicles that are attainable and efficient. The company operates two Southern California facilities in north San Diego County, where it designs, engineers and manufactures the vehicles and their composite systems to create an exceptionally strong, sleek body.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Just a clarification on price: Aptera has released several statements on this in recent articles and interviews. To sum them all up:

      * $25k to $45k for the "Aptera" depending on options and powertrain (although this release makes it sound like that could apply to the 2e as well)
      * $25k to $40k specifically for the "2e"
      * There will be "a number of powertrains" as well as many interior options. Options directly stated by the company include a GPS/nav/entertainment system and a higher power charger. The company also mentioned a better stereo system and extra cupholders in the EVCast interview on the 16th that AutoblogGreen somehow missed (where the announced that the 2e had been completed on the 15th), although these latter options were said in a manner that they may have just been examples.

      An additional note: The EXIF headers on that photo say that it was take yesterday morning.

      Lastly: I think the most interesting line is:

      "and get the equivalent of more than 200 miles-per-gallon based on a standard EPA driving cycle"

      That "standard EPA driving cycle" is great to see, no?
      • 6 Years Ago
      What a great idea to jolt the auto industry ! Seems to me this car could be less expensive and still pass safety requirements. What kind of demographic were you aiming for with your projected price range ? I mean, ide still have to consider a c-class for that kind of money, and could still pick up the kids from school! Anyway great idea but price way too high, whats the name of that company in India? $4000 dollar car? And we can't compete?
      No wonder the U.S. is having so many issues with the economy!!!
      Sincerely-

      My Two Cents
      • 6 Years Ago
      "I would expect a light weight solution such as a manual slide window (like on a DeLorean and in previous 2e photos) or a hand-crank single pivot, where the pivot is near the mirror."

      Hand crank single pivot would be really cool, like the old SAABs!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This new photo suggests that with the Aptera 2e they might have solved the problem of roll-down windows (for drive-thru ATMs, fast food windows, toll booths, etc.). The larger door now has sufficient room for the glass to almost disappear inside the lower panel:

      http://www.casteyanqui.com/ev/_graphics/aptera_2e_window.jpg
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Yanquetino: good graphic. But I still have my doubts about whether they've gone with scissor-style roll-down windows. The scissor mechanism and motor are pretty heavy. On a vehicle designed with efficiency as a top priority, I would expect a light weight solution such as a manual slide window (like on a DeLorean and in previous 2e photos) or a hand-crank single pivot, where the pivot is near the mirror.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thanks for pointing out a great source for information. I hadn't run across EVCast yet. After listening, I believe you are right; Steve sounds like he's going with motorized windows. They did a great job making a tight seal around where the window meets the frame. In the pictures, the windows look flush mounted.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You might be right, !!!D. However, in an EVCast interview last Friday, Steve Fambro commented that, surprisingly, the newer electric window motors are actually smaller, lighter, and more reliable than mechanical cranks. I can't imagine why he would mention that unless Aptera intents to use such motors.

        http://www.evcast.com/members/evcast/blog/VIEW/00000001/00000174/EVcast-156-Interview-with-Aptera.html
      • 6 Years Ago
      Minor correction: the Aptera 2E isn't "formerly the Typ 1". There were major changes, making the 2E a different model than the Typ 1 prototype. Those changes include switching from rear wheel to front wheel drive, added side mirrors, additional windows.
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