Home / Auto News / News article: Aptera Gets a Second Chance, Plans on Delivering Vehicles in 2013 - AutoGuide.com News
 |  May 05 2012, 5:00 PM

The Aptera 2e, a funky three-wheeling electric car, has had a funky history. Originally founded in 2006, Aptera closed its doors in 2010 after not being able to gather enough funding to stay alive. Prior to its closing however, Aptera employees destroyed the 2e bodies making us believe that we would never hear or see of Aptera ever again.

So it was a surprise when the Aptera 2e resurfaced quietly at the Beijing Motor Show in the Zap Jonway display starting rumors that the Chinese company would bring the product back to life. That rumor has been debunked however, though it is now confirmed that the Jonway Group in China will be manufacturing a chassis for a reborn Aptera model.

Aptera USA had bought up all the remaining assets from the original Aptera and currently is in the works to bring the three-wheeling vehicle to market quickly, even as soon as early 2013. Only the chassis will be manufactured in China and after being shipped to the U.S., final assembly of its electric drivetrain and other equipment will take place.

It appears that the production Aptera USA model will be powered by a 20-kWh battery pack from A123 Systems pumping out around 110-hp and 323 lb-ft of torque thanks to a Remy electric motor. The range will be somewhere around 114 miles.

The new Aptera USA will be releasing an official statement soon and is currently in the works of reviving the old website, opening its first showroom in Railroad Square Village in Santa Rosa, Calif., and taking reservations giving priority to former place holders. Pricing will be around $25,000 and Aptera USA plans on selling the vehicle internationally.

[Source: Autoblog Green]

  • http://www.facebook.com/jerry.peavy Jerry Peavy

    You guys should really take this down or correct it. Aptera employees destroyed defective bodies so that no one would use them later!