Formerly Dead Electric Three-Wheeler Aptera Planning A Comeback

You just can't keep a good electric car down. Two years after Aptera Motors fell into bankruptcy, it appears that their sleek, futuristic three-wheel 2e is reportedly being resurrected in the U.S. » 6/11/13 12:00pm 6/11/13 12:00pm

The Crazy, Cantankerous And Sometimes Crash-y World Of Three-Wheel Cars

There's a maxim we have used here at Jalopnik for many years: four wheels good, two wheels bad. Why do we say this? To put it simply: safety. Cars are inherently more stable than bikes, and they offer greater protection to their driver and passengers. That's why the motorcycle crashes that get posted here tend to be… » 10/06/12 12:00pm 10/06/12 12:00pm

Watch Aptera employees smash prototype electric cars as company goes…

Aptera, the California electric vehicle startup that once hoped for ten thousand sales of its futuristic three-wheeled 2e per year, ceased operations on Friday after failing to secure needed funding. As you can sadly see in these videos, in the wake of the collapse, the company's now-unemployed staff went on a… » 12/07/11 1:30pm 12/07/11 1:30pm

Aptera Co-Founders Step Aside, All-Electric 2e Delayed Until 2010

Earlier this week former Tesla spokesman Daryl Siry, writing for Wired, reported small electric automaker Aptera's co-founders had been shoved out amid financial turmoil. Popular Mechanics quickly retorted back they were just "on vacation." Looks like Wired was right. » 11/18/09 10:30am 11/18/09 10:30am

Aptera Type 1 Makes Movie Debut - Will Be Old Pro For Star Trek

Since Aptera may be getting too big for that whole Progressive Automotive X Prize thing after moving on to bigger and better things like being starring in Star Trek, Aptera is starting a newsletter of sorts so you can keep up as the car during it's rise to fame, and production. As such they've release this 'better… » 4/04/08 4:00pm 4/04/08 4:00pm

Aptera: Skip X Prize, Proceed Directly To Movie Set

The Aptera, which has been the poster child for the entire Automotive X Prize, is forgetting about trying to win that $10 million trophy and getting famous elsewhere—and that elsewhere is on the big screen. Recent reports are saying that the Aptera has been spotted on the set of the new Star Trek movie.

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Automotive X Prize Showcase Coming To Detroit Auto Show

We previously mentioned that the good folks at the X PRIZE foundation would be bringing X PRIZE entrants to Detroit, and now we've got a full list of all the cars that will be vying for the $10 million prize. For those not in the know, the X-PRIZE will be awarded to the company that can build and market a 100 MPG… » 1/08/08 11:15am 1/08/08 11:15am

300 MPG Electric Vehicle & Plug-In Hybrid for Under $30K

Aptera announced today that it would be producing both an all-electric and hybrid version of the 300 MPG prototype we told you about in July. The Aptera Typ-1 plug-in hybrid uses an all-electric drive train coupled to a small diesel gas engine and will achieve 300 MPG, while the all-electric version has a total range… » 11/19/07 2:32pm 11/19/07 2:32pm

I Am Apple's Car: The Aptera 330 MPG Concept Vehicle

Yes, we know it looks like what would happen if an iPod and a Plymouth Prowler had a child (and yes, we think it would be named 'Steve II' or 'Steve IIe'). But this little concept car from Accelerated Composites was built with a number of specifications in mind. They are: » 7/12/06 10:05pm 7/12/06 10:05pm