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.