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  • Aptera Motors was an American startup company seeking to manufacture high-efficiency road vehicles. Formerly known as Accelerated Composites, the company was based in Oceanside, California. The company was bought by a Chinese auto manufacturer in mid-2012 and reactivated as Zaptera USA as a going concern after having announced closure on December 2, 2011. Aptera’s first product, a three-wheeled two-seater named the Aptera 2 Series, was under development. The fuel efficiency of 300 mpg-US when plugged in every 120 miles would make it one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the world. This is without accounting for any fuel used for generating the power that charges the batteries. If that is provided for, the equation could stand significantly altered, depending on the source of the energy. The name Aptera is Greek for “wingless,” a nod to their light-aircraft-inspired design and construction techniques, and is correctly pluralized either as 'Apterae' or ‘Apteras.’ However, Aptera Motors maintains that Aptera translates to “wingless flight.”

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