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The Aptera typ-1 can achieve 230MPG thanks to its diesel-electric hybrid system

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.

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