Monday, January 4, 2010
A Hummer burning Hydro-generated Hydrogen is far cleaner than this "Auto Abortion"
Aptera newsletter explains search for new manufacturing facility
The Aptera newsletters continue to talk about the good while staying silent about the bad. The latest example (available after the jump) mentions an update to the Department of Energy's Advanced Vehicle Technology Manufacturing Program loan request, how the vehicle will indeed be made with composites (with partner Energetx) and a bit of confidence building opportunity thanks to participating in the Auto X Prize ("they will tell you if we are 'full of it' or not"). What's not mentioned? Any discussion about the recent personnel problems.
Oh well. At least we learn that the company is might soon be closing in on a new production facility as a result of a new application to the DOE's AVTMP. The loan application asks for a 10-year facility plan, which meant Aptera needed to actually come up with such a plan. Aptera's production schedule "calls for more than 10,000 units in the first 3 years and more than 300 employees," so it is looking for a new place to build the cars somewhere in Southern California, specifically somewhere in San Diego County. If everything goes right, of course. Read more.