19 May '11, 1pm

Aptera Struggles Toward Production Of 3-Wheel Electric Car, Maybe

Aptera 2e development prototype at company offices in Vista, California Enlarge Photo One of the most remarkable--and most delayed--of the promised new generation of electric cars is the three-wheeled Aptera 2e . The unusual, highly aerodynamic vehicle was designed by a startup automaker in Southern California. The resin-bodied car was a finalist at last year’s Auto X-Prize competition despite early handling concerns . Like many startups, Aptera has struggled with management turnover, funding concerns, and an uncertain future for two years now. The company's application for low-interest loans from the Department of Energy has not been approved (unlike Tesla in June 2009 , joined that September by Fisker Automotive ). Aptera 2e Enlarge Photo The start of Aptera 2e production--originally slated for the end of 2008 --has been repeatedly delayed. Meanwhile, the 2011 Nissan Lea...

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