Huffpost Green

Aptera Off to D.C. to Seek Loan Eligibility for Unconventional Advanced Vehicles

Posted: Updated:
Dismayed to discover that its three-wheeled electric commuter vehicle won't qualify for federal green car manufacturing loans under present policies, California-based Aptera Motors says it is heading to Washington to try to get the rules changed. [1] The vehicle, still in the per-production prototype stage of development, can travel up to 100 miles on a single charge of its batteries and deliver the fuel efficiency equivalent of 200 miles per gallon. [1] But the federal Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan program, which has $25 billion to foster manufacturing of the next generation of fuel-efficient vehicles, is only open to applicants that make automobiles and related components. [1] With its all-electric vehicle set for Q4 launch, SoCal manufacturer to update legislators about its American-made aerodynamic marvel that gets the equivalent of more than 200 mpg. [2] However, because the aerodynamically designed vehicle has a three-wheeled architecture which, according to Aptera engineers, improves highway efficiency by more than 25 percent due to lower resistance and weight the Department of Energy is not permitted to grant a loan. [2] As a matter of law, the DoE is adhering to the Advance Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program, which makes funds available to support the development of fuel efficient vehicles - currently limited to four-wheeled vehicles. [2]
  1. Aptera Off to D.C. to Seek Loan Eligibility for Unconventional Advanced Vehicles (Green Car Advisor (edmunds))
  2. Aptera to go to Washington to fight for DOE loans (autobloggreen)
Filed by Dygest.net
From Our Partners