Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on August 20, 2008
Those of you who dismissed the Aptera Typ-1 as a ridiculous-looking circus freak of a concept vehicle can now shut the hell up. This car of the future that got an astonishing 231 mpg on its first ever test drive and more resembled an airplane than a car with its odd shape, gulf-wing doors and three wheels is soon to become a reality.
The folks at Aptera are givers in the truest sense of the word. In order to push the Typ-1 out of the R&D (that’s research & design) phase and into the manufacturing phase, they’ve been (according to their newsletter) working late into the night, abusing caffeine and doing intensive fine-tuning in order to bring you a vehicle that’s not only funky looking, but as “safe, efficient and comfortable as possible.”
Two years in the making (with the help of Idealab and EssenJay Investments), Aptera calls the Typ-1 “the most efficient vehicle on the road today.” Utilizing the skills of automotive designer Jason Hill (of Porsche Carrera GT and Smart car fame), the T-1 is comprised of environmentally responsible parts (like recycled plastic bottles) and features a solar powered climate control that keeps the vehicle’s interior at a cool 75 degrees on hot days.
And though scoffed at by critics, the car’s three wheels provide aerodynamic efficiency at its finest. Aptera says three rather than four means less contact on the ground, which translates to less rolling resistance. And you certainly can’t argue with the results of their initial test drive.
With the design phase conquered and financing in place, Aptera says they’re officially in the final stretch and hoping to begin production later this year. The cost for the fully electric version is estimated to be $26,900 with the plug-in hybrid costing around $29,900.
Now, if only they could learn how to spell “Type”…
For more info, check out Aptera’s website.