Carlsbad-based Aptera Motors is the dream of CEO Steve Fambro and COO Chris Anthony (founder of Epic Wake Boats). According to a story in the North County Times, Fambro’s prototype vehicle gets 300 miles to the gallon.
Made out of strong, lightweight composite materials such as fiberglass, the Aptera is a three-wheeled, hybrid diesel/electric vehicle that looks like something out of the Jetsons. The Aptera weighs 850 pounds, seats two, and the company says, gets 300 mpg. . . Because it has been classified as a motorcycle by California, the Aptera can legally use the car-pool lane —- even if there’s only one passenger.
Fambro has already rounded up $1 million from Idealab and another million from “Esenjay Explorations, an oil and gas drilling company based in Corpus Christi, Texas.” But now, as you might expect, the company needs more money. . . don’t we all.
[Link: North County Times]