A car that gets 230 miles per gallon? Don't be daft. That would blow the trusty Toyota Prius out of the water, and turn the rising cost of gasoline into only a minor concern. Right? Which is why we should all rush out and preorder an Aptera.
The vision of Steve Fambro, who wanted to create a car that was safe, comfortable, and more fuel-efficient than anything ever produced, the Aptera (from Greek for 'flight without wings') draws much of its design from aircraft and aerodynamics. It seats two, has three wheels, and its first operating protype achieved an amazing 230 miles per gallon.
Interesting specs: it can reach 85mph; it'll take 2 to 4 hours to charge; it'll cost about $2 to charge it overnight; it can accommodate drivers up to 6'5″ in height; there's room for an infant seat; it's only available in white; and it'll cost under $30k. The Aptera Typ-1 is now available for reservations (only in California for now), and will start production in late 2008. RM