Aptera production is one year behind schedule according to its owner, but the automaker is hoping to have its gasoline-powered 2g model on sale by early 2014.
Zaptera USA purchased the assets of failed Aptera Motors last year and initiated a plan to have the vehicle’s aerodynamic, composite chassis manufactured in China while a California-based operation would assemble and install the electric powertrains. But delays in ramping up production in China has slowed progress, so company founder Richard Derringer has created a second company called Aptera USA to build the 2e entirely in America.
The first Aptera vehicle to hit the market however will be a gasoline-powered 2g with a target fuel economy of 100 mpg. After that, the original EV will follow that still has a goal of hitting 200 mpg. A hybrid model is also under consideration.
Aptera USA has ambitious plans of producing vehicles while simultaneously developing the assembly line in China. It is also considering a second manufacturing facility in California to start divisions manufacturing electric motorcycles and trucks.
[Source: Fox News]
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