It looks like something you'd find at area 51, or one of those "concept cars" that you'd never actually see on the road, but this 300mpg vehicle is set to go commercial next fall. The company is already taking pre-orders.
From Aptera's website:
"Five years ago, Aptera's founder Steve Fambro endeavored to design and build a passenger vehicle that was safe, comfortable, and more fuel-efficient than anything ever produced. This aspiration, combined with his background in engineering, led him to an intensive study of aerodynamics, and composite aircraft construction. He hypothesized that a low-drag, aerodynamic body shape could be achieved without sacrificing comfort, drivability or safety.
What emerged, after much designing, conceptualizing, and constructing, was a prototype two-seat, three-wheeled vehicle. This first operating prototype achieved a stunning 230 miles per gallon, Building on this success, Steve expanded his Aptera team and created the Aptera Typ-1, which has been re-designed, re-engineered, and refined into a production ready vehicle. We are excited to announce that the Aptera Typ-1 is now available for reservations."
Five years from concept to 300mpg and ready to produce. That's impressive, and at $30,000, it's competitive. This one's a two seater, with a baby seat behind the two front seats and claims to have room for "15 bags of groceries" in the trunk. Mind you that's California groceries. How much space does 15 bags of bean sprouts and tofu take up? No matter, it's still astounding given that the major auto makers have been telling us 35mpg by 2012 was "iffy" and 50mpg (fleet average) was out of the question. Nice job Mr. Fambro.
Here's the promo vid: