The name of Aptera first surfaced in 2006 and was then the name of a funny two-seater prototype three-wheeled created by Accelerated Composites, then a recent company in San Diego. Embarking a small diesel 12 hp and an electric motor of 25 hp and weighing only 385 kg, its consumption would be only 0.8 l / 100 km! The following year, orders are opened with first deliveries announced at the end of 2008, more than 4,000 customers sign a voucher, a first model is loaned to the press with excellent feedback, Neil Hannemann, who participated in the development of the Dodge Viper and Ford GT, is hired, Paul Wilber, former boss of Saleen, takes the lead of the brand and Google invests $ 2.75 million.
But this avalanche of good news is running out of steam. The marketing is postponed to the end of 2009, major technical changes are announced, including the switch to 100% electric with 350 km of autonomy and the money begins to dry up. The months pass, rumors of production moved to China are heard and then disappear until August 2011. The company then refunds the installments and puts the key under the door in December.
But Aptera is resuscitating today and the three historic founders of the brand, Chris Anthony, Steve Fambro and Michael Johnson, are back in the adventure with strong ambitions: to create the most efficient electric vehicle in the world. The 2nd EV, its name, takes the general form of the original model but has an impressive technical data: a 50 kW (68 hp) engine for each of the three wheels and battery packs of 40, 60 and even 100 kWh. It's a bit like putting a battery of Tesla Model S in a Renault Twizy. With a well-aerodynamic design and a contained weight (we are talking about 815 kg for the 60 kWh version), the range in a single charge could go up to 1,600 km, ie a consumption of 1.6 kWh / 100 km! Advertised fares range from $ 34,000 to $ 59,000 (from € 30,000 to € 53,000).
Will Aptera have a chance to succeed this time? Everything will depend on whether the brand manages this time to raise the necessary funds. But today it has a source that did not exist yet at the first attempt: crowdfunding. The campaign has just been launched, in addition to the search for more traditional investors, with the goal of raising $ 2.5 million. This money will be used to produce three prototypes with a presentation that should take place next year