With gas prices surging and oil companies recording record profits, many believe it is time for something new.
In Carlsbad, that future may be represented by Aptera.
Aptera is a company that plans to roll out an aerodynamic, two-seat, all-electric vehicle. The vehicle would be capable of reaching 85 mph and would be priced at around $30,000.
"We've taken around 1,120 preorders each with a $500 deposit," said Steven Fambro, CEO of Aptera Motors.
The car might look fragile to some, but when it comes to safety, Aptera said it has gone the extra mile.
"We're above and beyond what's required by law, by a significant factor," said Fambro.
One factor is molded composite materials that are not only half the weight, but 10 times stronger than steel.
"It's very, very, very strong and can stand up to the durability of a Formula 1-style crash," said Chris Anthony, COO of Aptera Motors.
A lot of thought has gone into the design of the vehicle.
"The sub frame is designed to bend up and fold up and then push underneath the vehicle in a severe impact," said Fambro.
To reduce aerodynamic drag, four cameras replace exterior mirrors.
"Our Eyes Forward vision system always keeps your eyes on the road. The cameras show you overlays of what is going on 180 degrees behind you," said Anthony.
A touch-screen system for entertainment and navigation completes the dash. Much of the interior is made of recycled plastic.
Solar panels power the climate control system and in addition to a spot for a baby seat, the storage area could handle 35 grocery bags.
Production is expected by November, with initial sales just in California.
With three wheels, the Type 1 is classified as a motorcycle, giving a single driver the right to use the carpool lane.
In 3 months, Aptera expects to roll out a hybrid version of the vehicle capable of 300 miles per gallon.
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