Although your dream car may be more along the lines of a or an , some of the future developments in the automotive industry might be just as likely to turn heads.
The X Prize is a $5 million award for the most innovative new green car. In order to win, the car had to get more than 100 miles per gallon of gasoline or be fueled by another efficient source. It also had to be capable of being produced on a large scale.
For the Aptera team, winning this prize is a dream come true. 111 vehicles were initially in competition for the award.
The body of the Aptera 2e is said to be three times as strong as traditional steel, and its sleek three-wheeled design has a pod-like, futuristic appearance.
With a top speed of 90 miles per hour and the ability to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than 10 seconds, the 2e is no slouch in the performance department. The 2e is an all-electric vehicle.
Testing for the X Prize included a combination of lab trials and real-world track experience. The car underwent two months of testing at the Michigan International Speedway, where it was driven on the track to test its performance and handling.
For the lab testing, the Aptera 2e was tested at the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago. There, its energy consumption and emissions were measured using a device called a “dynamometer.”
The Aptera team was unsure of how the car would perform in the lab testing. Apterra Chief Engineer Tom Reichenbach was hopeful from the start, but even he was pleasantly surprised by the results.
“We expected the results to be better than what we got at the track, but it was significantly better. We were very pleased,” he said. “We came to the X PRIZE to validate this vehicle as one of the most efficient in the world, and we’ve done just that. It’s been an awesome experience.”
As of right now, the Aptera 2e is only available for purchase in California. However, the company is working to expand its sales range. The X Prize may make that possible.