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Egg-shaped Aptera is no wallflower, but would you buy one?

February 17, 2009

Last week, we paid a visit to startup car company Aptera at its headquarters in Vista, California, just north of San Diego. Aside from talking to company executives, we also got to take a ride in the ultra-efficient, spaceage vehicle. Check out our complete coverage of Aptera here.

To say that the egg-shaped car, which the company will begin shipping to customers later this year, stands out on the road is a major understatement. Take a look for yourself in the video below, and let us know what you think.

Would you buy a car like this? The final price for the two-seater is expected to run between $25,000 and $40,000, and the all-electric version gets a 100 mile range per charge.

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I’m looking forward to the day either the hybrid or the electric car is available in TN.

Lack of seating for four hurts the ability for families to use it, but they could do it with two. Price should be <$18k if seating isn’t increased to five. Otherwise, the Aptera won’t be used for family outings. It’s still unbeatable as a daily driver work vehicle. $200/year is a very nice operational cost.

Posted by Jason foley | Report as abusive
 

For those of you that have power grid issues, you can always purchase a solar array that totally eliminates dependance on the grid. I’m #2642 on the production list and anxiously await my Aptera.

Posted by Don Medaris | Report as abusive
 

#2081 for the all-electic. I commute about 40 miles round-trip each day. I do some around town travel as well. My wife also needs a car, so that will be the “family” car and used for trips. But why have 2 “family” sized vehicles for the rare times when needed. Much better to just rent a van for those exceptions. I hope to get a bit of solar on my roof when I can finally get this, but saving for Aptera purchase first.

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