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By Robert Rapier on Feb 16, 2009 with no responses

Electric Vehicle Update

In 2009 and 2010 we should see a lot of hybrids and fully electric cars hitting the roads. I spent a little time this weekend reviewing the potential offerings. Here is where some of the more frequently-mentioned offerings stand. 1. The Aptera 2e The Aptera 2e This is probably the most unusual offering. I first mentioned the Aptera in a story last year, and the roll-out is still on target for Q4 of this year. It is a 3-wheeled vehicle, made of light-weight composites. The shape is very aerodynamic to minimize wind resistance. The batteries recharge in 8 hours, and the car reportedly has a range of 100 miles. The cost is going to be in the range of $30,000,… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on May 8, 2008 with no responses

Automotive X Prize

Following on the heels of the $10 million Ansari X Prize, which had the following requirements: The Ansari X Prize is a $10 million purse for the first privately built vehicle that could safely haul a pilot and the equivalent weight of two passengers to the edge of space — then repeat the feat within two weeks. – and was won by SpaceShipOne, the X Prize Foundation is sponsoring a contest for efficient cars: The requirements are still in draft form. A 60-day comment window extends until May 31st. Here are some excerpts from the draft guidelines: The goal of the Automotive X PRIZE (AXP) is to inspire a new generation of super-efficient vehicles that help break our addiction to… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on May 6, 2008 with no responses

The Aptera

Flying on the plane back to Amsterdam yesterday, I picked up a copy of Newsweek. Inside, there was a mention of a new vehicle that I had never heard of before, the Aptera: 10 Fixes For the Planet 7. The Aptera: A funky new hybrid-electric car gets 300 miles per gallon of gas. The dirty secret of automakers, says Jib Ellison, CEO of BluSkye Sustainability Consulting, is that most of the energy used by a car comes from moving the vehicle itself, not the people in it. “That’s because cars aren’t designed to be as aerodynamic as they could be, and because we have this obsession with heavy vehicles, even though there are now lighter materials that are just as… Continue»