The Aptera 2e

The Aptera is what we all thought we would be driving in 2010, when we were kids. I remember watching The Jetsons and wistfully daydreaming about futuristic looking cars powered by whirring little engines that, I had hoped, would fly. Sadly the 2e version of the Aptera doesn’t fly, it does look the part though and with a drag co-efficient of just 0.15 it slices through the air much more efficiently than a Hummer H2 (0.52), a Chevrolet Volt (0.301) or even the venerable GM EV1 (0.195).

The 2e Model offers a 100 mile plus range on a full charge (from either a 110v or 220v outlet) and the 2h version has a 50 mile range on electric power and also features a small gasoline generator to boost overall range to 350 miles. Reservations are $500 USD and the Aptera is set to ship some time around the middle of this year and with a price set at $25,000 to the low $40,000s depending on options and powertrain you might be seeing these next to you at the lights sooner rather than later.

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Aptera 2e Specifications

    Dimensions:

  • 53″ high x 91.0″ wide x 173″ long
  • 111″ wheelbase
  • 80.5″ front track
    Other specs:

  • 0.15 Coefficient of drag
  • 5″ ground clearance
  • 1500 lbs curb weight
    Electric motor torque: 60FtLb torque

  • 110v 15A charge time: 8 hrs
  • Battery output: 10-13 Kw/hr battery pack
  • Battery voltage: 336V DC Nominal Traction Voltage
  • Transmission: Gearbox 10:1 ratio
  • Battery Type: Lithium Ion Phosphate
    Chassis:

  • Front Suspension: Independent unequal length A-arm
  • Rear Suspension: Swing Arm
  • Steering: Manual Steering, tilt steering column
  • Brakes: Manual Brakes, dual circuit brake hydraulics, mechanical brake proportioning, 3-wheel disc
  • Wheels: 14-inch High Strength Stamped Steel wheels
  • Size: P165/65R14
    Performance:

  • Range: Up to 100 miles per charge
    Warranty:

  • Basic: 4/50,000
  • Powertrain: 4/50,000
  • Corrosion: 12/unlimited
  • Roadside: 4/50,000

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