Looks good, right? Want one? Well, you can’t have one.
I’ve just discovered that my chances of acquiring an Aptera just disappeared. While I’m not suggesting any collusion on the part of the automobile and/or fossoil industries in this latest travesty, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find out that there was some. This article from 2009 suggests that the road started to get rocky when the firm’s founders fell out with veterans from the automobile industry who were brought into the company.
This is the latest in a long line of setbacks for the electric vehicle. See for instance the film Who Killed the Electric Car, detailing the appalling failure of the EV in the 1970s (and, as that film shows, the automobile industry was complicit in its failure).
This saga goes back further — more than a century, in fact. Electric vehicles — cars and trams — were on the road in the 1900s. Many of the tram systems running at that time were bought up and ripped apart by the automobile industry — so that they could sell their cars and their fossoil fuel systems. These people were loony toons then, and they still are now…