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Aptera: It’s Baaaaaaaaack! (We’ll Believe It When We See it)

This story is now a couple of weeks old, but we haven’t hurried to publish it.

The gist is that the unique Aptera three-wheeled electric car is supposedly going to be reborn, and will return to the U.S. market sometime next year.

A new company, Aptera USA, purchased the assets of the old Aptera after its December shutdown–including the designs and the trademark for the plastic-bodied 2e electric car.

That car had been put on the back burner back in January 2011, when the company turned its attention to a four-wheel vehicle in an ultimately futile attempt to win low-interest loans from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing program.

The new company–initially to be named Zaptera, about which more later–plans to build the rolling shell of the new Aptera in China, it says, and install the lithium-ion battery pack and electric running gear in the States.


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