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The never-ending attempted flight of the Aptera three-wheel design continues. After years of struggles and a bankruptcy in 2011, the Aptera assets were revived last year by a Chinese company, Zap Jonway. Zaptera USA, which now owns the Aptera Motors assets, has announced that Aptera will be split into two companies.

Four videos have surfaced showing what is understood to be the destructive aftermath following news of Aptera's closure last week. Without knowing for certain what's happening, the videos appear to depict employees (or former employees) laughing as they trash prototype bodyshells of the three-wheeled, hyper-efficient vehicle.

Four videos have surfaced showing what is understood to be the destructive aftermath following news of Aptera's closure last week. Without knowing for certain what's happening, the videos appear to depict employees (or former employees) laughing as they trash prototype bodyshells of the three-wheeled, hyper-efficient vehicle.

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.

2010 Aptera 2e - Click above for high-res image gallery

2010 Aptera 2e - Click above for high-res image gallery

We're still waiting for an official response from Aptera Motors on the ouster of top company members Steve Fambro, Chris Anthony and others, but Popular Mechanics has been able to get a bit more information about the "boardroom showdown" and it may not be as bad as first rumored.

Aptera 2e final design rendering - Click above to enlarge

As it was for the original unveiling of the Aptera Mk-0 prototype back in March of '07, the TED conference will again be the venue for the unveiling of the latest iteration of the company's exercise in automotive efficiency, the 2e. This coming February 3rd in Long Beach, California, those folks who threw down the $6,000 necessary to attend the 2009 edition of the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference (and signed up for the limited slots) will have the chance to drive the pre-productio

Along with adding more staff, Aptera has been busying redesigning its website in preparation for what is sure to be a busy 2009. The makeover isn't quite finished but there's enough to give a more complete picture of the Aptera 2 series. Originally placed in the neighborhood of $27,000, the price is now stated to range from the mid-$20's to the mid-$40's depending on whether you choose a hybrid or electric (or gasoline?) and which options you want. Safety features such as dual airbags, side impa

So, we recently saw the official newsletter from Aptera about recent updates, but it sounds like there's more news to be had about the three-wheeled car. Frequent tipster Yanquetino found two video interviews by TechZulu with Aptera's founder, Steve Fambro, and points out a few interesting tidbits. First, Fambro mentions an Aptera 2g. We know from the new naming convention that the Aptera 2e is the two-seat electric and the 2h is the hybrid, but does 2g mean they're working on a gasoline only mo

I'm not sure how much of a plus it is right now to have the word Chrysler on your resumé, but Aptera apparently thinks that former Chrysler (and Saleen) executive Marques McCammon is the right person to help bring the Typ 1 to the world in his new position as Chief Marketing Officer. One of McCammon's first moves (with Aptera CEO Paul Wilbur) was to hire the Los Angeles-based marketing and communications company PCGCampbell to represent Aptera in the PR sphere. PCGCampbell's managing part

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