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From some of the snippets of interview that I've read, Aptera is going to use a smaller A123 battery than the Volt. About half the capacity, at only 10 kWH, and yet is projected to go 120 miles before recharging. The Volt at 20 kWH goes only 40 miles.

At my current price of $0.18/kWH, the Aptera would cost 1.5 cents per mile while the Volt would cost 9.0 cents per mile, 6 times more expensive.

Aptera costs $27K while Volt costs $40K.

It is not so easy to dismiss it as a competitor. And besides, the 120 mile daily driving range fits 98% of the US drivers:



But I'd still buy the Volt for now until I've seen how Aptera works in the road as it will be shipped out early next year to early adopters.
 

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Serious Volt Contender Yet....

This car will be a serious contender with the Volt:




by Matt Vella
Innovation & Design

Clean, quiet, and relatively profitable to produce, electric vehicles have had a rough start in the U.S.: Five years after General Motors (GM) nixed its innovative EV1 electric car program, just a handful of automakers have committed to making and selling electric vehicles on a mass scale any time soon.

Enter Think Global, a Norwegian upstart plotting a U.S. invasion via pint-size, affordable electric cars. Think has been selling gas-free, Lilliputian city cars in Europe and will start peddling them to fuel-crunched Americans in 2009. The company's newly formed North American division has high hopes for Think's existing models—and even higher ones for the upcoming Th!nk Ox, a concept unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show earlier this year.

An electrified people's car for the 21st century, the Ox is a preview of Think's next-generation production vehicle, due out in 2011. Roughly the size of a Toyota (TM) Prius, the Ox can travel between 125 and 155 miles before needing a recharge, and zips from zero to 60 miles per hour in about 8.5 seconds. Its lithium-ion batteries can be charged to 80% capacity in less than an hour, and slender solar panels integrated into the roof power the onboard electronics. Inside, the hatchback includes a bevy of high-tech gizmos such as GPS navigation, a mobile Internet connection, and a key fob that lets drivers customize the car's all-digital dashboard. Pricing has yet to be announced, but the company's current vehicles cost less than $25,000.
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http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/content/jun2008/id20080616_955452.htm?campaign_id=rss_daily
 
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