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Recent stories about Aptera Motors have been rife with controversy. Who can forget the words of company chief executive officer Paul Wilbur as he mentioned the possibility of production of the 2e moving overseas, a statement he later corrected (sort of). This time around though its nothing but good news coming in as Aptera has named Remy International Inc. as its electric motor supplier for the 2e, a move indicating that they company is one step closer to finally producing the highly anticipated vehicle.

The good news doesn't end there. Remy announced some remarkable specs for the 2e that don't quite jive with Aptera's own numbers. Utilizing the Remy HVH250 electric motor, the company claims the lightweight trike will hit 60 miles per hour in less than 10 seconds with a top speed of 90 mph. The ultra-aerodynamic 2e will be one capable long-distance cruiser with a range of nearly 200 miles, a number matched by few electric vehicles.

We know that Aptera doubters will still remain skeptical that the 2e will ever reach production. But if it does, the specs are remarkable and a true indication that lightweight, aerodynamic designs benefit electric vehicles in all areas of performance. Follow after the jump for the full release. Thanks goes out to Neil, again!



[Source: Remy International, Inc.]


PRESS RELEASE

Remy International, Inc. Chosen to Supply Remy HVH250(TM) Electric Motors to the New All-Electric Aptera 2e Vehicle

Remy Announces Sponsorship of Aptera Motors Entry in Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Competition

PENDLETON, Ind., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Remy International, Inc. joined Aptera Motors for a press conference in Carlsbad, California where Remy was announced as the electric motor supplier for the Aptera 2e. Remy will supply HVH250 electric motors for the new Aptera 2e all-electric vehicle. Remy is already supplying a High Voltage Hairpin (HVH) electric motor for Aptera's entry in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize, where the 2e has successfully reached fourth phase of competition and will undergo extensive testing and judging over the next several months.

The all-electric, three-wheel Aptera 2e looks like no other vehicle on the market. Aptera's founders understood aerodynamics and vehicular dynamics enough to know that almost every car on the road today spends more than fifty percent of its energy pushing wind out of the way. In an attempt to correct what they saw as a major design flaw, Aptera looked for alternative solutions in nature which led to a vehicle design that emulates the aerodynamics of a bird in flight.

The Aptera 2e has a unique light-weight design weighing approximately 1,800 pounds. It goes 0-60 mph in ten seconds and has a top speed of 90 mph with a range of nearly 200 miles.

Aptera said they chose the Remy HVH250 electric motor for the superior technology, reliability and speed to market the motor offers. Specifically, the HVH250 motor provides the high power density and torque Aptera was seeking; and the motor is compact and light which helps keep down the overall weight of the vehicle, contributing to the driving range. Additionally, Remy's patented technology provides cooling efficiency that permits the Aptera 2e to run at higher speeds longer than other motors, an important feature in today's freeway-heavy transportation system.

Aptera CEO Paul Wilbur said, "Remy's HVH250 was an ideal choice for our electric motor. It can integrate into our drivetrain quite easily, and the support we have received from Remy's engineering team has been nothing less than first rate. Not only have we selected a great motor, but we have also tapped in to a highly qualified team of professionals that are actively concerned about our success and future growth. We are excited about this partnership."

Remy CEO John Weber said, "Remy is proud to supply Aptera our HVH electric motors which enhance the Aptera 2e's performance. Remy motors are backed by over a billion miles of proven reliability. This partnership is another great example of our HVH standardized platform at work. Remy can easily support Aptera's growth with existing production capacity of 100,000 motors. The leading edge, proven technology and track record of the Remy HVH electric motor enable companies like Aptera Motors to confidently choose Remy. This choice provides the luxury of reducing the design, R&D and tooling costs often associated with the development of an electric drive system."

For more details about the HVH250 Series electric motors visit the Remy website at: http://www.remyinc.com/hvh.asp.

About Remy International, Inc.

Remy International, Inc., headquartered in Pendleton, Indiana, is a leading global manufacturer, remanufacturer and distributor of light duty starters and alternators and Delco Remy brand heavy-duty systems. Remy International also manufactures and distributes electric motors designed with leading edge technology and backed by the security of over a billion miles of proven reliability. In business for over 100 years, today Remy International is actively collaborating with companies throughout the world to develop innovations that are transforming the vehicle industry. Recently, Remy International was recognized by the United States Department of Energy for its leadership role in the hybrid technologies space and awarded a $60 million grant under the Electric Drive Vehicle Battery and Component Manufacturing Initiative.

To learn more, visit the Remy brand website at www.remyinc.com.

About Aptera Motors

Aptera Motors (www.aptera.com) was founded in 2006 to develop and build the most energy-efficient commuter vehicles on the road, without compromise to safety or comfort. Utilizing streamlined aerodynamic design, lightweight composite structures and unique drive systems, Aptera delivers vehicles that are affordable and efficient. The Southern California company operates a facility in north San Diego County, where it designs, engineers and manufactures the vehicles and their composite systems to create an exceptionally strong, safe, sleek body.

For information about Aptera and the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-PRIZE, go to (www.aptera.com/xprize).

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