Aptera, who we've been following for years now, is finally letting the public take a look at the production model of it's fancy, fish-shaped electric / hybrid-electric car.
So now those folks who've put deposits down on their Aptera actually know what they'll be getting. Things we didn't know include an optional rear-view camera, seats made from recycled plastic, a DVD based navigation system, an proximity-unlock / auto-start smart key.
The coefficient of drag, as expected, is phenomenal at 0.15 (the 2004 Prius is about 0.26.) Airbags will keep passengers safe, though as this "car" is technically a motorcycle in most states, it won't be held to the same safety standards. Aptera, however, seems to be making the car as safe as possible, with the same crumple zones and seat-belt systems that you'd see in any other car.
A spec listing being handed out at the TED conference was transcribed by Josh at the Aptera forums and is available below.
Two important things we don't know...the price and the delivery date. When Aptera first released it's plans, they said the car would be $20,000, but that price has been rising steadily and it's now expected to be no more than $40,000. The delivery date has also been pushed back more than 10 months, much to the disappointment of folks who've put down their deposit. Aptera's most recent announcement has the first deliveries taking place this October.
Aptera 2e Specifications:
53" high x 91.0" wide x 173" long
80.5" front track.
0.15 Coefficient of drag
5" ground clearance
1500 lbs curb wt.
Electric motor torque: 60FtLb torque
110v 15A charge time: 8 hrs.
Battery output: 10-13 KWh battery pack.
Battery voltage: 336V DC Nominal Tractoon Voltage
Transmission: Gear box 10:1 ratio
Battery Type: Lithium Ion PhosphateChassis:
Front Suspension: Independent unequal length A-arm
Rear Suspension: Swing Arm
Steering: Manual Steering, tilt steering column
Brakes: Manual Brakes, dual circuit brake hydraulics, mechanical brake proportioning, 3-wheel disc
Wheels: 14-inch High Strength Stamped Steel wheels
Range: Up to 100 miles per charge
Features: (S=standard, O=optional)Interior:
Push Button Start: S
Electronic shift PRNDL (shift controller): S
AM/FM/MP3/WMA with 5 speakers and MP3/Smart Phone Connectivity: S
DVD Navigation System: O
Power up/down windows with Driver side one-touch and anti-pinch: S
Power automatic door locks with anti-lockout feature: S
Center console armrest with two cup holders: S
Overhead mounted LED Dome Lights: S
Recycled Fabric-trimmed seats and door panels: S
Leatherette (recycled materials) trimmed steering wheel: S
Defroster-linked CFC-free automatic climate control with electric inverter compressor air conditioning: S
One 12V auxilliary power outlets and One 12V USB Outlet: S
Retractable passenger-assist grips at all doors: S
Dual color-keyed power outside mirros: S
Aerodynamic multi-reflector halogen headlamps: S
Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers: S
Rear window defogger with timer: S
Rear Electronic rear hatch locking system (sic): S
Solar Energy-Reflecting glass: S
Smart Key System (Proximity locking/starting) Maintenance key & cylinder to prevent accidental lock out: S
Remote keyless entry system with 2-stage unlocking, panic function and remote illuminated entry: S
Backup camera: O
Driver and front passenger Airbag System: S
Front and rear crumple zones and side-impact door beams: S
Engine immobilizer: S
Center high-mount stop lamp: S
Emergency Tire inflation system: S
3-point front outboard seatbelts with adjustable shoulder anchors and driver-side Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR), front passenger Automatic/Emergency Locking Retractor (ALR/ELR): S
Driver and front passenger seatbelt with seat belt starter interlock: S
Direct Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS): S
Anti-theft system: O
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