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! 

  • rprzybylski

    All this is nice but do we have to go to china for anything anymore? Our income here in the US is so low I feel we are competitive. So let’s go to Western NY and get the no tax for manufacturers for 10 yrs and build a plant in Niagara Falls, NY where we can have the international market and Detroit solution be close and put a depressed area back to work. Boosting the economy there in that area would be a huge shot in the arm for the area. Does anyone not think this is a great idea? We can produce cars, get the unemployed working, and pride back in a place where one of the wonders of the world nearly lost back on track.

  • rprzybylski

    Using the low cost in Niagara Falls for sales, the prices of the vehicles could be lowered making them more attractive to the public and all weather testing could be accomplished as well. The harsh weather in the area would then not be a hindrance but an aid to provide superior statistics beyond those of Tesla. The Aptera could be the ultimate vehicle.

  • rprzybylski

    Need help deciding on the Niagara Falls Location, give me a call. I can even develop the IT department and can get engineering for this production. I even have contacts at Electravaya, a company that produces batteries for cars that are the most advanced battery packs in the world that would be near by in Canada. Making Niagara Falls the perfect location for manufacturing