Aptera USA Lives, Made by Zhejiang Jonway Group
The Beijing Auto Show has grown up quite a bit over the past years. Gone are the days of the Chinese-only auto groups in attendance. Today, almost all the major players are at the event, with new offerings not just for China, but for the world. However, those quirky little guys (generally with petite Asian models in tow) still manage to show up and display their, um…off the wall, mostly impractical, never to be seen production ideas. Enter something in between, with the Zap Jonway booth, and the apparent relaunch of Aptera 2e by Zaptera USA.
Here is what we know. The Zhejang Jonway Group will build out the car in China, and will be marketed under the name Aptera USA , with service and warehousing in California. No pricing has been announced, but hinted that around $25,000 will be the asking price. Aptera USA plans to roll out the car not only nationally here in the US, but internationally thereafter.
Production is slated to begin later this year, with sales commencing in the the first quarter of 2013. How to purchase this new/old 3 wheeled creation? Aptera USA says their website should be operation and taking deposits before months end.
Sidenote: The model on display in China was not the most current build versions (PP Series) from the ‘original’ Aptera, it was the SO-1 variant, made famous by the random swinging open door event at the X-prize competition. The scuttlebutt is that the molds from the PP were destroyed, so in all likelihood that is why the most current mule was not on display, and the model you see pictured will probably be the production car you can (theoretically) buy.
Pictures: China Car Times