A couple of weeks ago, things weren't looking good for Aptera, the upstart start-up from Carlsbad, California. The company had collected quite a few $500 deposits for its snazzy, space-age, all-electric 2e model, but Aptera suddenly realized that they hadn't polled those customers--you know, to find out what's important to them. Turns out, Aptera's customers want things like roll-down windows, which the 2e doesn't have. Dang. In light of that and more, the company pushed back the 2e's drop date from January 2009 to October 2009. Pessimists smiled.
Those same naysayers will be very disappointed to learn that Aptera has finished its initial re-toolings, and the first 2e pre-production model has rolled off the line for testing. The company is on target to drop its first batch of cars in--get this--October 2009. Right on schedule.
There's no word on how customer surveys affected the pre-production design, but you can see from the photo above (and from Aptera's updated 2e gallery) that a portion of the window does, in fact, retract. All that, and the equivalent of 200mpg? Dang, indeed.