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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.

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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.

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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

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  • alec

    May 22, 2008

    i love it! very cool, i wish i lived in cali.

  • john

    May 30, 2008

    so is this real..waiting for a car like this for a while,hope it will happen

  • sidney

    June 1, 2008

    photoshopped

  • carpool guy

    June 1, 2008

    i don’t think that will happen. VW already tested such a car in 2002, but the project was canceled ( http://www.greencar.com/features/vw-235-mpg-car/ ). there have also been other great alternatives and working electric cars, but none of them made it to the mass market. see if you can find the movie

  • David

    June 2, 2008

    I wouldn’t be surprised if an oil company some how got this guy to quit working on this project…although it is a pretty sweet looking car. And I would definitely buy one should they ever come on the market.

  • Andrew

    June 3, 2008

    Wait….this thing is supposed to be insanely aerodynamic and all, but where does the license plate go?

  • Kristen

    June 3, 2008

    Sidney: Actually it’s not photoshopped. This is a genuine product, please do some research before you dismiss things you know nothing about.

    I hope this goes to market on the east coast as well!

  • Sarah

    June 5, 2008

    Ah, how I love living in Southern California! =D

    I just crawled all over their site and this looks like something I’d be so down for buying. It’s safe, you don’t need an endorsed license, you can drive in the HOV lanes…!!! Sign me the hell UP!

  • Thailand

    June 6, 2008

    Amazing!

  • carrie

    June 6, 2008

    i’ve also read that the interior is made of recycled items like water bottles.

  • Seth

    June 22, 2008

    Sidney: Actually it’s not photoshopped. This is a genuine product, please do some research before you dismiss things you know nothing about. I hope this goes to market on the east coast as well!

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    Calm down, Sidney is just a troll, best to just leave them alone.
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  • Francis

    June 23, 2008

    A car that does OVER 100 miles on a gallon of gas? This technology has been around for years.
    This isn’t new. :( Shame that it’s kept under wraps.

  • Chris

    June 26, 2008

    Yea that’s great and all, but why do they make them so fucking ugly? I mean, look at the Prius. It’s like a conspiracy, the most fuel efficient cars are the ugliest pieces of crap on the road, while the finest cars are gas guzzlers. Tell me I’m wrong!

  • RPO

    July 1, 2008

    I agree with Francis! This type of electric car has been around for years. But car manufacturers and oil companies, at the time, could not profit off an electric car and repressed the idea. Actually one of corporations bought the IDEA for the electric car, and buried it.

  • raj

    April 21, 2010

    i like the car it is cool i feel the same what every one feel that is design just try to change design but all round it is good n cool

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