There was good news and bad news out of the Aptera camp last month. The good: The company raised another $2.25 million. The bad: Reservations are now no longer being accepted.

We just got word that the bad news is stacking up: Aptera is refunding deposits for the ultra-aerodynamic, three-wheeled electric vehicle (or planned hybrid version). In an e-mail to supporters, Aptera says it is returning every deposit made thus far, according to Green Car Reports. The e-mail reads, in part:

Our path to production has been longer than anticipated, which has complicated our reservation administration to the point that we have decided to return your deposit. ... [Our credit-card processing system] is designed for transactions to be completed in a six-month window. Since most of Aptera's deposits have been in reserve for more than six months, maintenance of the account has become problematic for our credit card processor and administratively cumbersome for Aptera.

Apparently, anyone who put in a deposit will now be added to a "newly created VIP database" and that, "As our production date approaches, we will use the database to direct you to your local retailer so you can be among the first to own an Aptera vehicle." The Aptera website doesn't have any of this news update, but it does still say "Reserve yours today!" without a working link. So...


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      daviss
      • 3 Years Ago
      They were ready to start production two years ago, when demand was hot. But their new CEO, a former detroit auto company manager, ousted the two founder/designers, and led the company to redesign the vehicle - bigger doors, taller roof, front wheel drive, cup holders, roll down windows, and mirrors. Mr Fix-It killed the production line for a year while the car became fat, tall, undrivable and too expensive. Now, mission accomplished - no Aptera. Congrats.
        creamwobbly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @daviss
        If the 2009 design was ready for production but not ready for public acceptance, then its reputation would have suffered. You're suggesting it *was* ready for public acceptance, and would have been positively received. Problem is, this isn't a piece of computer hardware -- its safety and general performance are paramount. You can't release a patch for "dead".
      Blakkar
      • 3 Years Ago
      At least they aren't running off with the money.
      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      They hyped this car far too much in advance for anyone to take them seriously at this point. Even if you could buy one now, any rational person would wonder about the viability of the company when it comes to warranty service and long term parts availability down the road.
        creamwobbly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        That hype has done Tesla, Nissan, and Chevrolet a big favour...
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's too bad. I really like that weird little three-wheeler.
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh well, at least the running prototypes will make great museum pieces.
      Syke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, at least they're being honest . . . . . .
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Bobby Robinson
      • 3 Years Ago
      This company might have had a chance if the big automakers would not have gotten serious about electric cars. If you had a choice between a Nissan Leaf and this, which one would you pick? Besides, if it would have made it into production, it wouldn't have been a success. It's just too weird to survive in the market place....
        HVH20
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bobby Robinson
        I beg to differ. This vehicle was designed from the start at a niche vehicle. It would never have gone mainstream like a honda civic, but they could easily sustain 1000-2000 units/year and been wildly successful.
      TheDarkKnight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes, refunding all 2 of them!
      • 3 Years Ago
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