The Aptera 2e Production Model
Aptera unveiled their full production version of their 2e electric car yesterday, it differs from the concept vehicle in a number of small ways, you might notice the nose is a little different and there are now clear fit-lines between body panels as well as windows that wind down (handy for drive throughs) the front wheel covers are also a little less streamlined now, taking on an almost “lifted off a caravan” look. Aptera has picked up 9.8 million in private funding so far but company CEO Paul Wilbur openly admits that the company needs a significant amount of additional funding, they have applied for a $184 million loan from the US Department of Energy but are still awaiting what will most likely be the decision that makes or breaks the company.
The aerodynamic electric car is one of two versions that Aptera hope to offer with the other being a range extended hybrid that uses a small onboard gasoline engine to generate electricity when the lithium-ion battery is tapped out of electrons. Aptera are planning to enter the 2e into the Automotive X Prize later this year and all eyes will be on them to gauge the performance of their streamlined flagship model. Pricing is set to be between $25,000 and $40,000 USD depending on configuration with a release date set to be either 2011 or 11 months after Aptera receives additional funding.