Loremo AD got a lot of attention last year when they
announced its $13,000
Loremo LS coupe. The tiny 2+2 coupe is powered by a 20HP turbo-diesel
engine and is capable of achieving 157MPG.
More recently, Venture Vehicles unveiled its VentureOne hybrid
3-wheeler. The two-seater is capable of 100MPH and can get 100MPG thanks to
its tiny gasoline motor and 15kW hybrid system.
Today, we've learned of another high-mileage vehicle in our midst.
The Aptera Motor Company has
showed off its Aptera
typ-1 which can achieve a remarkable 230MPG while cruising at 55MPH. The
Aptera type-1 uses a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain and is able to sprint
from 0-60 in under 10 seconds.
Unlike most hybrid automobiles which use Lithium-ion
(Li-ion) or Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries, the Aptera typ-1 uses Nickel-zinc (NiZn) batteries.
The Aptera looks nowhere close to being road legal in its
current form and its "distinctive" shape is sure to puzzle many
onlookers. That being said, the vehicle is expected to retail for around
$20,000 although no launch date has been given.
quote: If you choose to drive what has been determined to be an inefficient and therefore unnecesarily polluting car, you should be penalised somewhat.
quote: I do not blame auto manufacturers, they build what the customer wants, but rather I blame ignorance, the parents that buy it for their 16 yr old daughter, so they can be "safer"
quote: The Nickel-zinc battery (sometimes abbreviated NiZn) is a type of rechargeable battery commonly used in the light electric vehicle sector.It was invented by an Irish chemist, Dr James J Drumm (1897-1974) and installed in a railcar in 1932 for use on the Dublin-Bray line. It was apparently successful and it is not known why the idea was not further developed at the time.The battery is still not commonly found in the mass market, but they are considered as the next generation batteries used for high drain applications, and is expected to replace lead-acid batteries because of their higher energy to mass ratio and higher power to mass ratio (up to 75% lighter for the same power), and are relatively cheap compared to nickel-cadmium batteries (expected to be priced somewhere in between NiCd and lead-acids, but have twice the energy storing capacity).
quote: ...no launch date has been given.
quote: The Aptera type-1 uses a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain and is able to sprint from 0-60 in under 10 seconds.