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    Report: Zaptera says Aptera USA will push on with gas, electric versions of three-wheel vehicle

    The never-ending attempted flight of the Aptera three-wheel design continues. After years of struggles and a bankruptcy in 2011, the Aptera assets were revived last year by a Chinese company, Zap Jonway. Zaptera USA, which now owns the Aptera Motors assets, has announced that Aptera will be split ...

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    Exclusive: Aptera to phoenix as Aptera USA, plans to deliver in 2013

    Sometimes 1 + 1 ≠ 2. When the Aptera 2e was spotted at the Zap Jonway Beijing Motor Show display, assumptions were made (by us) that the composite-bodied craft was to be reborn as a product of that company. It will not. Oh, it will phoenix alright. And though the chassis will indeed be made by ...

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    Beijing: Zaptera! The Aptera 2e resurfaces in China as Zap Jonway product *UPDATE

    You know that feeling you get when, after a few years, you remeet your biggest crush from high school and begin fantasizing about actually hooking up for real, only to be jerked back to harsh reality by the appearance of their present paramour? Well then, that is the emotional roller coaster we ...

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    Official: Aptera's assets going to the auction block next week

    One of the more unusual pieces of electric vehicle history may just be an Aptera foosball table. If you're interested in acquiring it, then head on over to the Heritage Global Partners website or to a location in Carlsbad, CA next week with your money ready. HGP is managing the liquidation sale ...

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    Followup: What really happened on Aptera's last day: smiles, not destruction

    Remember those Aptera-destroying videos that we thought were maybe filmed on the day the company closed up shop but then turned out to be months old? Here's some more context about them and information about what really happened on Aptera's last day. Marques McCammon, Aptera Motors's former CMO, ...

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    Video: Aptera employees smash vehicles after company closes? *UPDATE

    Four videos have surfaced showing what is understood to be the destructive aftermath following news of Aptera's closure last week. Without knowing for certain what's happening, the videos appear to depict employees (or former employees) laughing as they trash prototype bodyshells of the ...

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    Breaking: Aptera pulls the plug

    Just over a month ago, Aptera was promising rebirth with Aptera 2.0. The promise will not be kept. Today, the company announced it is closing its doors, effective immediately. In an email to supporters, president and CEO Paul Wilbur wrote, "We are out of resources." His letter (available in full ...

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    Report: Keep watching, Aptera 2.0 is coming

    There seems to be something a brewin' over at Aptera Motors. Gone is Aptera Motors' former website that displayed info on the automaker's oft-delayed three-wheeled electric 2e. In its place is a lone, non-working homepage with few details aside from this mission statement:

    Aptera: The ...

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    How Aptera plays a role in the Solyndra political battle

    One of the many, many contentious issues that make up the ongoing pointless battles between the Democrats and Republicans in Washington, D.C. is the Solyndra case, about how the now-bankrupt solar-power company got loan guarantees. Republicans say the Obama Administration pushed the loans through ...

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    Official: Aptera moving to Midwest to produce 2e

    Aptera may have recently refunded all deposits, but that doesn't mean the company itself is gone. Following up on recent news that it is looking at facilities outside of California, Aptera today announced that it has settled on one of four possible states, all in the Midwest, as possible new ...

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    Report: Aptera refunding deposits

    Aptera 2e – Click above for high-res image gallery
    There was good news and bad news out of the Aptera camp last month. The good: The company raised another $2.25 million. The bad: Reservations are now no longer being accepted. We just got word that the bad news is stacking up: Aptera is ...

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    Down, but not out: Aptera raises much-needed $2.25 million

    Reserving an Aptera 2e is, at this point in time, not an option, but that doesn't necessarily mean that Aptera itself is out of the game. According to GigaOM, the three-wheeled electric automaker is not bankrupt and, in fact, just raised $2.25 million of a planned $3 million by selling ...

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    Looking to reserve an Aptera 2e? Sorry for the inconvenience, but you can't

    2010 Aptera 2e - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Remember Aptera? Well, after the automaker's 2e struggled at last year's Automotive X-Prize competition, Aptera went silent. That is, until the automaker announced its intentions to relocate. After that announcement, Aptera returned to ...

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    Aptera seeking manucfacturing facility outside of California

    Remember Aptera? Well, after the 2e's struggles at last year's Automotive X-Prize competition, Aptera went silent. Now, in Aptera's latest newsletter, the automaker's intentions to relocate have surfaced. According to the newsletter, Aptera is trying to secure a manufacturing facility ...

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    Aptera: We need government money to bring vehicle to market

    What's been happening at Aptera? The hyper-aerodynamic vehicle company is still moving forward, just not as fast as the original plans called for (remember when the car was supposed to be available in 2009 2010?). In the company's latest email newsletter, much space is dedicated to explaining ...

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    Engineer: Aptera 2e is designed for production, not winning the $2.5m X-Prize

    Automotive X Prize Shakedown Stage showing Aptera 2e in action
    Aptera did not capture victory in Alternative Side-by-Side Class at the 2010 X-Prize – that honor went to the Li-Ion Motors Wave II, as did the $2.5 million prize purse that was set aside for the class winner. Typically, winners ...

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    Aptera used Six Sigma process to develop 2e's new lighter, stronger composite material

    With Aptera's 2e electric vehicle headed into the lab for final validation testing in the Automotive X-Prize's side-by-side class (against only four other vehicles), the company's latest newsletter is looking to the recent past and the future. Sure, there's the obligatory X-Prize update, but the ...

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    Aptera fixes infamous opening door safety issue by simply recessing a button

    Automotive X Prize Shakedown Stage showing Aptera 2e in action
    It's that time of month again when Aptera releases its latest newsletter. This one focuses on a hilarious yet embarrassing event that occurred during the Automotive X Prize Shakedown Stage last month. Perhaps appropriately termed, the ...

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    Aptera 2e needed 40 attempts to clear Automotive X-Prize's accident avoidance test

    The Aptera 2e has been driven on roads before, but the team from California can't be too pleased with the results of the first accident avoidance test yesterday: the vehicle needed 40 tries before passing, which might explain why the 2e was missing from the big press conference in Lansing. The ...

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    Greenlings: Who will be the main players in the electric vehicle space?

    2012 Renault Fluence Z.E.
    Electric vehicles (EVs) are about to arrive in big numbers in the streets of America and, if you haven't already, you will soon experience your first sighting. Maybe not next month and maybe not this summer, but rest assured, sometime in the next 18 months it is very ...


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