More Green Fail: EV Startup Aptera Motors Pulls the Plug

Russ Steele

Wired has the story:

 Southern California electric vehicle startup Aptera Motors is out of time, out of money and out of luck. It announced today that it is shutting its doors, liquidating its assets and laying off its staff.

Would you, or any one you know buy one of these cars?  Investors did not think to either, so Aptera Motors, another green car company has to shut it’s doors.

Someone needs to call Mary Nichols at CARB and tell here the dream of 1-in-9 cars on the road be electric by 2030 is getting harder and harder.  With the Chevy Volts catching fire and Nissan Leaf’s actual milage dropping like an rock, life at CARB must be tough these days, especially with Climategate 2.0 eating away at AB-32’s scientific foundation like a pack of rats on a brick of over ripe cheese.   My guess is that Mary will soon be going back to teaching full time real soon now.

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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

7 Responses to More Green Fail: EV Startup Aptera Motors Pulls the Plug

  1. D. King says:

    It’s sad really; lithium polymer batteries explode or burn when they short or are over charged.

    This has been known for years!

    “GM Offers Loaner Vehicles to Volt Buyers After Battery Fires”

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-11-29/gm-offers-loaner-vehicles-to-volt-buyers-after-battery-fires.html

    Who is running their testing program?
    This is pathetic. Look, SEE!

    An RC LiPo shorted.

    Here is one in a fire.

    This one needs no explanation.

    So, I guess these brain-children did no testing!!!

    • Russ says:

      David,

      Very interesting pictures. Will GM also give home owners that have a garage fire from an overcharged battery a loaner home?

      I was once asked to write a story about the new electric cars coming on line that would be using the same batteries that we use in our computers about 5-6 years ago, but wrote the editor that an article might not be a real good idea, because the cars would be using 100s of batterie and if one shorted out the car would catch on fire. She gave the assignment to another writer and published an article about computer batteries in EVs. Now my prediction is coming true, car fires on the road and in the garage. I wonder if they will do a follow up?

  2. Ben Emery says:

    Henry Ford filed for bankruptcy multiple times before he succeeded. This was before bankruptcy become harder for everyday people and these entrepreneurs didn’t listen to the nay sayers such as yourself.

    http://des.emory.edu/mfp/efficacynotgiveup.html

  3. Bob W says:

    And so tell me Ben, how many of the public’s tax dollars did Ford actually get before he was mass producing automobiles? You’re illustrating a common symptom of the inability of liberals to perform logic, short-sightedness.

  4. D. King says:

    Ben said:
    “…these entrepreneurs didn’t listen to the nay sayers such as yourself.”

    Yes, but had GM listened, they would not be going through a multi-million dollar recall!
    What engineering counsel would you have given GM Ben?

  5. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    GM is not at fault – they were told what to build best they could – and they did. Just like the Government awards Countrywide got just before the crash – they just don’t stand behind anyone when the SHTF and it was their idea.

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