View Full Version : Sick of Gas at $2.50 a gallon? How's 330 MPG sound?

03-18-2006, 07:34 PM

CARLSBAD, Calif. ? Accelerated Composites LLC, a small startup company here, said it is developing the Aptera, a two-seat hybrid passenger car delivering 330 mpg at a steady 65 miles per hour ? at a price under $20,000.

The company said the car, which may be ready for production in two years, will have acceleration and handling similar to that of the Honda Insight hybrid (http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/ViewModelDetail/make=Honda/model=Insight). The first Aptera prototype may be ready by March.

The prototype under construction will be powered by a single-cylinder, 12-horsepower diesel engine and a 24-horsepower DC electric motor, and will have a continuously variable transmission. Power is delivered through a single rear wheel mounted on a composite swing arm. The car is expected to have an electronically limited top speed of 95 miles per hour and an estimated 0-to-60-mph acceleration of 11 seconds.

The company says the key to the efficiency of the three-wheeler is an aerodynamic body wrapped around a flat-panel composite structure. The company has developed a composite construction technique that significantly lowers costs.

What this means to you: Toyota isn't the only one working hard on hybrids. The smallest startups have their own ideas, too.

03-18-2006, 10:28 PM
We paid $2.64 2 days ago and yesterday it was $2.51 go figure! Gouging?? Seemingly it would be the same gas in the underground tank.

03-19-2006, 12:23 AM
Expect A LOT of hurdles being placed in front of this company. Big oil companies and car manufacturers will NOT allow this to make it to mass production.

03-19-2006, 10:14 AM
Wow!... I get 27. :redface:

03-19-2006, 07:12 PM
I looked into getting a hybrid and then I started doing my research. People that I have talked to who have them do not like them. Always have car troubles and the mileage was just over half of what they were told it would be. Seattle has hybrid buses and hates them. I have read articles that say if people use less gas in a hybrid then the price would go up as to not lose profit. A lot of other things that I have read say that a hybrid customer will not save money in the long run because it is safe to assume that the price of gas will continue to rise. I am a big fan of bio diesel. Living in Indiana I have seen it used a lot and it runs clean. I think we need to make a clean break from gas/oil and go a different rout all together. Besides I do not think oil companies are the problem, the government is.


Rescue workers have problem with the cars as well. They have to be concerned with getting shocked by them in a rescue attempt.

I have also read polls that if people got better gas mileage on their cars they would drive them more.

Consumer Action-Are Hybrid Cars Worth It?

Hybrid cars: Do they make sense for you?

Here is some interesting stuff from Toyota:

A Wall Street Journal article (Wall Street Journal By: Holman Jenkins, Jr. Date: November 30, 2005) featured a letter from Toyota that in part it is making hybrids because are buying them not because they are that much better.

This is a preview from the website, $4.95 for the article.

Business World: Dear Valued Hybrid Customer...

By Holman W. Jenkins Jr., The Wall Street Journal, 853 words
Nov 30, 2005

Contrary to any loose statements made by our marketing partners in the environmental community and media, petroleum not consumed by Prius owners is not "saved." It does not remain in the ground. It is consumed by someone else. Greenhouse pollutants are released. Also, please note that the warranty and owner's manual say nothing about reducing America's dependence on foreign oil. This is not an oversight. The Prius is an "oil-dependent" vehicle. It runs on gasoline, supplied by the same world market that fuels other vehicles.

I am in favor of change but not for the sake of change.

03-19-2006, 08:52 PM
Wow!... I get 27. :redface:


You're funny, BB2W...(lol)! :smile: