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By Brad Berman ·
August 04, 2017

Honda Clarity Electric Goes On Sale in California and Oregon

The all-electric version of the 2017 Honda Clarity started arriving in dealerships in the past few weeks. The full-size sedan, which is only available in California and Oregon, leases for $269 a month for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing. The all-electric Clarity can travel 89 miles on a single charge. That puts Honda in the unfortunate position of introducing an EV with a driving range significantly lower than the new generation of electric cars.

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By Eric Loveday ·
December 03, 2011

Aptera Motors Calls it Quits; Three-wheeled Electric 2e Is Down for the Count

Aptera, the California startup known for developing the space age, three-wheeled electric 2e, has closed its doors after failing to raise the necessary funds to put its ultra-efficient electric vehicle into production.

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By Zach McDonald ·
February 04, 2011

Aptera Awaits Government Loan Decision, Says More Capital Still Needed to Make Vehicle

Aptera says it needs more money in order to set up a manufacturing process capable of producing at volume—which makes all the difference in the world when it comes to getting prices down to a point that could make a vehicle competitive. The new funding could come from a large, surprise investment from a private source, but most likely the startup will have to rely on the federal government to approve a $180 million loan request.

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 19, 2010

Aptera Co-Founder Finds Success Selling Other Kinds of Battery Electric Vehicles

After a contentious "boardroom showdown" saw him ousted from the company he helped start, Aptera co-founder Chris Anthony seems to have found some success in his latest enterprise, Epic Boats, which manufactures electric drive recreational vehicles out of a facility in Vivian, La.

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By Zaher Karp ·
July 14, 2010

Largest Lithium Iron Phosphate Plant Set for Canada

Germany's Sud-Chemie AG has announced that it will infuse its Canadian Phostech Lithium subsidiary with $78 million in cash to build a new plant in Quebec. The funding will help make the company the world's largest producer of lithium iron phosphate, which is one of several varieties of lithium that can be used as a cathode material in lithium ion batteries.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 02, 2010

Aptera Is Still Not Ready for Prime Time

It takes great courage and vision to develop a vehicle as innovative as the Aptera 2e. The innovative design immediately earned a devoted following when it launched in 2007. Thousands of potential customers put money on the line in the form of $500 deposits. But three years later, it appears that the vehicle still needs fundamental work regarding handling, weight distribution and safety.

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By Zaher Karp ·
May 05, 2010

Aptera CEO Claims "Ultimate Start-Up" While 2e Flounders at X-Prize

CEO Paul Wilbur has made claims in a recent newsletter that the company plans to "get this right the first time." But trying to perfect the Aptera before putting it into the market might not be the best aproach, according to Darryl Siry, formerly of Tesla Motors.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 27, 2010

With DOE Loan, Aptera Can Begin Production

Iff Aptera receives the $184 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy, it can go into production in about a year. Company showed off the latest design last week in Carlsbad, Calif.

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By Zach McDonald ·
March 23, 2010

Aptera Will Give New Financial Details at April Press Conference

The start-up that had been the darling of the auto blogs for the past two years went quiet for few months, presumably to retool their car, rethink their business plan and find new sources of capital.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 07, 2009

Aptera Postpones Launch of Three-Wheel Electric Car

Aptera, which had planned to deliver its three-wheeled electric car to customers last month, has now postponed the production launch for almost a year. Production models of the Aptera 2e (formerly known as Type-1), an all-electric vehicle with a range of 100 miles, were to have been delivered by the end of 2008. The company now expects to launch volume production in October 2009.

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