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We haven't heard much from Aptera for a while -- at least, not since Jay Leno gave the company's 2e prototype a test run on LA's freeways. But despite the lack of updates, production on the 2e seems to be moving swiftly ahead, and an official image of the production model has been leaked to the interweb.
In its final form, the three-wheeled vehicle looks very similar to previously published renderings and the 2e prototype. However, the greenhouse appears to be somewhat airier, particularly the rear side windows. And we presume that the company fixed that pesky little problem about the windows not rolling down. The front wheel housings look slightly chunkier, as does the fin-like one covering the back wheel. And maybe it's just the angle and lighting of this shot, but the whole car (well, technically it's a motorcycle, though that may change) looks a little heavier. Not quite as light and space-agey as we'd hoped. We'll reserve judgment until we ge a better look, though.
According to reports, the 2e will offer a slightly larger interior than the Chevy Volt and more storage space than the Honda Accord. It will ultimately be offered with three drivetrain options -- a conventional gas engine, a plug-in hybrid set-up, and a battery electric system. The fully electric 2e is said to have a charge time of eight hours and a range of up to 100 miles; of the three drivetrains, the EV is expected to arrive in showrooms first.
Aptera has previously said that the first 2es would be delivered to buyers in October of this year, and the company appears to be on track to meet that goal; the rest of the US should see it by late 2010. No word yet on pricing, although rumors place it between $25,000 and $45,000 -- quite a large range.
We're looking forward to official details -- and a test drive (hint, hint) -- in the near future.
UPDATE: Our pals at GreenCarReports have gotten test drives. Color us jealous.