Aptera Completes First Pre-Production 2e Model
Electric 2e Rolls Out of the Factory
We already knew that Aptera, after making some design changes, had pushed back production to October 2009. But while we wait to see the final production model, this pre-production 2e (electric version) that just came out of the factory floor should give us an idea of what to expect.
Read on for more details.
"The initial pre-production all-electric model from Southern California vehicle manufacturer Aptera Motors had rolled out the door of its Vista, Calif. production facility."
Is this a way for the company to claim it met its January deadline? Meh. Not good enough for those who are on the waiting list, I'm sure. More pre-production units will be made and tested for "fit, finish, performance and durability as preparation for full production in October."
From Aptera's press release:
The pre-production vehicle is equipped with a lithium-based battery and features a number of vehicle enhancements such as front wheel drive, aerodynamic side-mounted mirrors and wider door openings that make getting in and out of the vehicle much easier than with previous designs. The aerodynamically-inspired 2e will go from zero to 60 in under 10 seconds, top out at 90 mph and get the equivalent of more than 200 miles-per-gallon based on a standard EPA driving cycle. Though the vehicle is still nine months from completion, Aptera has already received nearly 4,000 deposits
Expected cost: Between $25,000 and $45,000.
Driving range: More than 100 miles-per-charge.
Initial sales will solely be in California, with plans to distribute the Aptera to the rest of the United States by late 2010.
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