Electric car maker Aptera claims that the electric-gasoline hybrid version of its new
Typ-1 vehicle gets 300 miles per gallon. The vehicle will be available early in 2008 for
less than $30,000.
The Typ-1 comes in two versions: fully electric or hybrid. According to Aptera, the electric model can go 120 miles on single charge, and can be recharged from any normal 110-volt power outlet. The hybrid can go 600 miles on a full tank, and either version of can reach top speeds of 95 miles per hour.
The three-wheeled Typ-1 seats two in the front, in addition to a small seat in back that can fit an infant's car seat. If this back seat is removed, it converts into cargo space large enough to fit, according to the company, either 15 bags of groceries or two full-sized golf bags.
The Typ-1 has several other features that set it apart from other conventional, hybrid or electric vehicles. Instead of side mirrors, the car contains embedded cameras all along the sides and back that transmit to a screen in front of the instrument panel, displaying a 180-degree rear view. Solar panels built into the roof power a climate-control system that is always running to keep the interior temperature from falling too far above or below a certain point.
Safety features in the vehicle include driver and passenger side airbags and a front-end crumple zone. The car has built-in GPS navigation, a CD/DVD/MP3 player, and XM satellite radio, as well as a USB port that can be used to charge mobile devices such as laptops or MP3 players. Radio-frequency identification chips embedded in the key and car make it so the key does not need to be inserted to open doors or start the engine.
The Typ-1 is available for pre-order on Aptera's web site, for a refundable deposit of $500. At present, only California residents can order - the company expects, however, to eventually deliver around the country. (Natural News, 6.27.2008, David Gutierrez, staff writer) http://www.naturalnews.com/023523.html