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Aptera: We need government money to bring vehicle to market

What's been happening at Aptera? The hyper-aerodynamic vehicle company is still moving forward, just not as fast as the original plans called for. In the company's latest newsletter, plenty of virtual ink is dedicated to explaining where things stand with the request for money from the Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program (still waiting to hear back), the development and design of the 2-series vehicl

Aptera: We need government money to bring vehicle to market

What's been happening at Aptera? The hyper-aerodynamic vehicle company is still moving forward, just not as fast as the original plans called for (remember when the car was supposed to be available in 2009 2010?). In the company's latest email newsletter, much space is dedicated to explaining where thing stand with

X-Prize in-fighting goes public as Li-Ion Motors tries to back out of prize-sharing agreement

Automotive X Prize winner Li-ion Motors may have tarnished its reputation soon after the Wave II claimed the top spot in the Alternative Side-by-Side Class. As we reported previously, four out of the five teams competing in the category signed an agreement, drafted on spiral bound notebook paper, just minutes before the final race to split the $2.5 million purse based on an agreed-up

Engineer: Aptera 2e is designed for production, not winning the $2.5m X-Prize

Automotive X Prize Shakedown Stage showing Aptera 2e in action

Automotive X Prize: And the winners are... (spoiler alert)

Automotive X-Prize vehicles line up in the Knockout Stage – Click above for high-res image gallery

Automotive X Prize: And the winners are ...

Automotive X-Prize vehicles line up in the Knockout Stage – Click above for high-res image gallery

Aptera used Six Sigma process to develop 2e's new lighter, stronger composite material

With Aptera's 2e electric vehicle headed into the lab for final validation testing in the Automotive X-Prize's side-by-side class (against only four other vehicles), the company's latest newsletter is looking to the recent past and the future. Sure, there's th

Automotive X-Prize: Finalists announced, X-Tracer now last team standing in Tandem class

Automotive X-Prize Knockout Stage – Click above for high-res image gallery

Automotive X-Prize: finalists announced, X-Tracer now last team standing in Tandem class

Automotive X-Prize Knockout Stage – Click above for high-res image gallery

Aptera fixes infamous opening door safety issue by simply recessing a button

Automotive X Prize Shakedown Stage showing Aptera 2e in action

Aptera 2e needed 40 attempts to clear Automotive X-Prize's accident avoidance test

The Aptera 2e has been driven on roads before, but the team from California can't be too pleased with the results of the first accident avoidance test yesterday: the vehicle needed 40 tries before passing, which might explain why the 2e was missing from the big press conference in Lansing.

Compared to Jay Leno's Big Dog Garage, you park in a Superfund site

No matter which side of the whole Tonight Show host debacle you were on, you still secretly love Jay Leno for his extensive car and motorcycle collection, right? Moreover, you gotta admire his support of green car technologies from plug-in electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles like the Nik Bristow

Aptera 2e moves forward, eyes set on X Prize

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

Aptera 2e moves forward, eyes set on X Prize

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

Report: Aptera raises $9.8 million in new funding, investors not disclosed

SoCalTech is reporting that Aptera Motors has filed information regarding new funding coming in to the company. According to the report, Aptera has raised an additional $9.8 million to help produce its lightweight Aptera 2e vehicle. Six investors have reportedly chosen to pu

Aptera clarifies production plans, will not export Chinese-built vehicles to U.S.

Following a recent trip to Shanghai by Aptera CEO Paul Wilbur, we heard news that the company was looking to build the sleek, three-wheeled vehicle in China. Because, "the message got somewhat lost in translation" with the interview Wilbur did with Automotive News China, the latest Aptera newsletter clarifies what he said to

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