Gizmag has a nice piece up about the Aptera Typ-1 vehicle, hung on an interview with co-founder and CEO Steve Fambro. The more I hear about this car, the more entranced I become. They are reporting a projected 300mpg for the hybrid model, which will come out after the all-electric model.
Pardon the joke, but “Oil for Lithium” would be a really righteous band name.
Into the future, Steve Fambro believes that people and companies will eventually begin changing their habits to take into account the importance of energy consumption, and Aptera intends to remain at the forefront by adhering to its focus on efficiency and safety. “By changing the fundamental design constraint of the company from the very beginning – making it all about energy and safety – that design ethos is in every design element that we do. Towards the future it’s about energy in all forms, lithium is not easy to get either and we don’t want to leave one drug for another drug – oil for lithium – we are rethinking how we use the energy radically differently and will continue to make that a core part of the product.
If I had any reason whatsoever to own a car, my $500 deposit would already be down on one of these. I realize this makes me the same guy who in the ’70s would have been pulling his tiny little European or Japanese runabout into the driveway of his three-bedroom ranch to the open-mouthed gawks of his Chrysler-washing neighbors, but I’m completely okay with that.