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Recent stories about Aptera Motors have been rife with controversy. Who can forget the words of company chief executive officer Paul Wilbur as he mentioned the possibility of production of the 2e moving overseas, a statement he later corrected (sort of). This time around though its nothing but good news coming in as Aptera has named Remy International Inc. as its electric motor supplier for the 2e, a move indicating that they company is one step closer to finally producing the highly anticipated vehicle.

The good news doesn't end there. Remy announced some remarkable specs for the 2e that don't quite jive with Aptera's own numbers. Utilizing the Remy HVH250 electric motor, the company claims the lightweight trike will hit 60 miles per hour in less than 10 seconds with a top speed of 90 mph. The ultra-aerodynamic 2e will be one capable long-distance cruiser with a range of nearly 200 miles, a number matched by few electric vehicles.

We know that Aptera doubters will still remain skeptical that the 2e will ever reach production. But if it does, the specs are remarkable and a true indication that lightweight, aerodynamic designs benefit electric vehicles in all areas of performance. Follow after the jump for the full release. Thanks goes out to Neil, again!

[Source: Remy International, Inc.]


Remy International, Inc. Chosen to Supply Remy HVH250(TM) Electric Motors to the New All-Electric Aptera 2e Vehicle

Remy Announces Sponsorship of Aptera Motors Entry in Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Competition

PENDLETON, Ind., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Remy International, Inc. joined Aptera Motors for a press conference in Carlsbad, California where Remy was announced as the electric motor supplier for the Aptera 2e. Remy will supply HVH250 electric motors for the new Aptera 2e all-electric vehicle. Remy is already supplying a High Voltage Hairpin (HVH) electric motor for Aptera's entry in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize, where the 2e has successfully reached fourth phase of competition and will undergo extensive testing and judging over the next several months.

The all-electric, three-wheel Aptera 2e looks like no other vehicle on the market. Aptera's founders understood aerodynamics and vehicular dynamics enough to know that almost every car on the road today spends more than fifty percent of its energy pushing wind out of the way. In an attempt to correct what they saw as a major design flaw, Aptera looked for alternative solutions in nature which led to a vehicle design that emulates the aerodynamics of a bird in flight.

The Aptera 2e has a unique light-weight design weighing approximately 1,800 pounds. It goes 0-60 mph in ten seconds and has a top speed of 90 mph with a range of nearly 200 miles.

Aptera said they chose the Remy HVH250 electric motor for the superior technology, reliability and speed to market the motor offers. Specifically, the HVH250 motor provides the high power density and torque Aptera was seeking; and the motor is compact and light which helps keep down the overall weight of the vehicle, contributing to the driving range. Additionally, Remy's patented technology provides cooling efficiency that permits the Aptera 2e to run at higher speeds longer than other motors, an important feature in today's freeway-heavy transportation system.

Aptera CEO Paul Wilbur said, "Remy's HVH250 was an ideal choice for our electric motor. It can integrate into our drivetrain quite easily, and the support we have received from Remy's engineering team has been nothing less than first rate. Not only have we selected a great motor, but we have also tapped in to a highly qualified team of professionals that are actively concerned about our success and future growth. We are excited about this partnership."

Remy CEO John Weber said, "Remy is proud to supply Aptera our HVH electric motors which enhance the Aptera 2e's performance. Remy motors are backed by over a billion miles of proven reliability. This partnership is another great example of our HVH standardized platform at work. Remy can easily support Aptera's growth with existing production capacity of 100,000 motors. The leading edge, proven technology and track record of the Remy HVH electric motor enable companies like Aptera Motors to confidently choose Remy. This choice provides the luxury of reducing the design, R&D and tooling costs often associated with the development of an electric drive system."

For more details about the HVH250 Series electric motors visit the Remy website at: http://www.remyinc.com/hvh.asp.

About Remy International, Inc.

Remy International, Inc., headquartered in Pendleton, Indiana, is a leading global manufacturer, remanufacturer and distributor of light duty starters and alternators and Delco Remy brand heavy-duty systems. Remy International also manufactures and distributes electric motors designed with leading edge technology and backed by the security of over a billion miles of proven reliability. In business for over 100 years, today Remy International is actively collaborating with companies throughout the world to develop innovations that are transforming the vehicle industry. Recently, Remy International was recognized by the United States Department of Energy for its leadership role in the hybrid technologies space and awarded a $60 million grant under the Electric Drive Vehicle Battery and Component Manufacturing Initiative.

To learn more, visit the Remy brand website at www.remyinc.com.

About Aptera Motors

Aptera Motors (www.aptera.com) was founded in 2006 to develop and build the most energy-efficient commuter vehicles on the road, without compromise to safety or comfort. Utilizing streamlined aerodynamic design, lightweight composite structures and unique drive systems, Aptera delivers vehicles that are affordable and efficient. The Southern California company operates a facility in north San Diego County, where it designs, engineers and manufactures the vehicles and their composite systems to create an exceptionally strong, safe, sleek body.

For information about Aptera and the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-PRIZE, go to (www.aptera.com/xprize).

This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy under Award Number DE-EE0002023. This release was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago

      Didn't Aptera just come out and say 100 miles? What am I not understanding here?

      200 miles on 20KWH?
        • 5 Years Ago
        --Odd designs may appeal to the few, but countless start-ups like this have died in the past, and IMO Aptera will join their number.

        A hydro-clown predicts an EV startup's demise. There's a shocker.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Odd designs may appeal to the few, but countless start-ups like this have died in the past, and IMO Aptera will join their number.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yep -- this should have read "200 MPGe". Once again, the marketing department proves their competence. :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ironically, I think because the Aptera is so radically different, it has a shot to make it as a startup auto maker. If you're EMC, BYD, or any other startup offering a "conventional" EV, then you're totally screwed going up against the Leaf. Who's gonna spend $30k on a car from a company with no history when you have a choice to go with an established player? It's not like buying a no-name clone computer for $500....cars are supposed to last 10+ years and is a significant investment for most people.

      The Aptera has a chance because there's nothing else even remotely like it. Unfortunately, the news we hear from the company just isn't very promising. I would love to see it go into production, but it just sounds like they're not even close.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think that should be "rife with controversy", not "ripe with".
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think 200 miles is the magic number for EV adoption. I'm not talking about ABG readers who will take virtually any EV, but the mainstream non-enthusiast buyer. I would never buy an Aptera, the Cessna on wheels styling is not for me, but I wish them well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The magic number for me is 600 miles, since we drive that far (in 10 hours) when going cross-country. Rather than a pure electric, Aptera should stay with hybrid or diesel technology - or plug-in hybrid - pure electrics still don't have decent batteries.

        The point for me is this: if the Aptera was being built by Ford or GM, then I would believe that it might - possibly - succeed.

        Otherwise, it seems like another "might have been" vehicle - think DeLorean DMC-12 or Bricklin SV-1 and you get the idea.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Okay, well cool, let's wait around another year and see what "improvements" we can get into the vehicle before it goes on sale the year after next then...

        • 5 Years Ago
        Ok jeff, we get it.

        You really, really don't like Aptera and EVs in general.

        If you're going to wait till EVs have 600miles range you might as well not even post here and save us all the time of having to read your bitter posts.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow...that would be great if true. Aptera's site, and their own newly released brochure, seems to deny this. They state at the Aptera site that the new 2e goes 100 miles on the combined EPA numbers.

      I hope 200 is right, but I assume Aptera knows their range better than Remy.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Changing to a different electric motor wouldn't gain much, if any, improvement in efficiency, maybe 1 or 2 percent at most. That certainly wouldn't result in a doubling of the driving range, more like an insignificant 1 or 2 miles. They've already got it as streamlined as possible, so the only real ways to improve range would be either a larger capacity battery, or some sort of PHEV "range extender" system.

        The claim appears to be bogus. I'm getting the uneasy feeling that Aptera is being taken over by hype-masters, who are gradually driving out the real engineers. I'd sure hate to see Aptera become just another Zap.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah Aptera's latest numbers released by themselves contradict the nearly 200 miles on a charge claim. Remy motors are very efficient no doubt but Remy is wrong here. Indications are that the new Aptera lost efficiency and this is underlined by the 100 miles EPA range stated in the brochure. In the latest town hall meeting they stated 200Wh per mile in aggressive driving.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's like they're just throwing random facts out there and seeing what sticks these days :P
        • 5 Years Ago
        Did the brochure include engine and specs like this announcement? Most likely the brochure was just estimations, and they are announcing real figures, specs, and partnerships now to investors as they go in for the final rounds of funding before they hit production.
        • 5 Years Ago

        the link to aptera's site and the new brochure. 100 mile range on the EPA combined city/hwy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "60 miles per hour in less than 10 seconds"

      That's slower than the Nissan Leaf.. this car is obviously more aerodynamic.. hm.. so what gives?

      Yeah, you don't need blazing speed in an electric. But that's on the putzy side.
      Maybe it's geared for 'volt economy' so it goes further and takes less time to charge?
      ( since electric motors get really inefficient at high rpms just like gas motors do. )
        • 5 Years Ago
        Aerodynamics aren't a factor when it comes to acceleration up to 60. Weight, power, gearing, and traction are it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, i know that.... but the car has the aerodynamics and weight advantage already.

        That's why i think it's gearing... or just a weak sauce electric motor.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 0-60 time on my 1979 RX-7 is 10 seconds. No one considered that poky then. We've been brainwashed by decades of favoring horsepower over economy to the point where people seem to believe that anything not as fast as an old muscle car is too slow.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's true but since everyone else is going significantly faster, it can be annoying to not be able to keep up, ya know? electric cars are supposed to be fairly exciting to drive, not worse than every economy car out there.

        Your rx-7 was cool because it had a high end 'kick' so it felt and sounded fast.
        Electric motors have none of that. No noise.. no show.. they need some kind of gusto to make up for it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      (www.aptera.com/xprize) must be http://xprize.aptera.com/index.html
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd sell my kidney for one of these! Running at two cents a mile 100% electric it would eventually pay for itself.
        • 5 Years Ago
        True spec, jay would also have to know how much he could get for his kidney. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Spec, its original forecasted cost was $24K. I think it will be closer to $30-35K but thats still a pretty good price point for such a unique car. It will attract many buyers who would not normally go into that price-point.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Uh . . . I think you have to run the numbers first. And before that, you need to know the numbers such as how much it costs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I ride a motorcycle with a range of 165 miles per tank and I always pump in the same gas station everytime and always managed to get to the station near my house every single time in my usual commutes. So having 200 mile range is a pretty good deal for people with range anxiety, at least it would fit my life style and instead of going to a station I can charge at home. Talking about safety ..... did I mention I ride a motorcycle?
      so in every way this vehicle would be perfect for me. (Except I don't know how much the initial cost would be)
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